BMW - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Compare BMW models

The following chart shows the BMW models that have had the most problems reported. Note that a model on the top of the list may simply indicate that it is a popular model rather than a problematic car. For example, over the years, BMW has sold far more 328 model cars than the Z8 model.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  328
2,763
  X5
2,520
  325
2,085
  X3
1,196
  Z4
1,192
  330
1,178
  335
1,154
  3 Series
1,132
  530
785
  750
734
  528
691
  323
564
  5 Series
561
  525
485
  535
458
  M3
426
  745
345
  Z3
260
  550
245
  740
225
  540
221
  7 Series
167
  545
167
  135
156
  X6
144
  650
107
  M5
97
  318
77
  645
59
  760
48
  320
21
  M6
17
  128
14
  850
11
  Z8
7

Number of problems reported for all models of BMW built from year 2019 to 1996.

Owners of BMW cars have reported a total of 20,312 problems across all BMW models built from year 2019 to 1996. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all BMW models, is 845.3. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,883 problems).

Table 2. Number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 BMW
42
  2018 BMW
49
  2017 BMW
78
  2016 BMW
100
  2015 BMW
168
  2014 BMW
302
  2013 BMW
762
  2012 BMW
775
  2011 BMW
1,620
  2010 BMW
661
  2009 BMW
926
  2008 BMW
1,873
  2007 BMW
2,177
  2006 BMW
2,883
  2005 BMW
1,019
  2004 BMW
1,789
  2003 BMW
1,361
  2002 BMW
837
  2001 BMW
957
  2000 BMW
845
  1999 BMW
392
  1998 BMW
286
  1997 BMW
270
  1996 BMW
115

Common problems of BMW Vehicles

The following chart shows the most common problems reported across all models of BMW cars. The number one most common problem of BMW cars is related to the vehicle's air bags, with 4,322 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,677 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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