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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 325 model cars than 840.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  325
1,862
  X5
1,731
  328
1,521
  330
1,052
  Z4
1,039
  3 Series
974
  335
883
  X3
711
  530
661
  750
571
  323
544
  5 Series
531
  528
434
  525
428
  M3
360
  745
312
  535
280
  Z3
247
  540
209
  740
209
  550
178
  545
147
  7 Series
144
  135
109
  X6
80
  M5
80
  318
77
  650
72
  645
50
  760
41
  320
21
  M6
12
  128
11
  850
11
  Z8
6
  735
3
  840
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Number of problems reported for all models of BMW built from year 1996 to 2017.

Owners of BMW cars have reported a total of 15,603 problems for all BMW models built from year 1996 to 2017. The average problems per model year reported during this period for all BMW models is 708.0. BMW's 2006 model year cars have the most problems reported (2,484 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 BMW
114
  1997 BMW
269
  1998 BMW
276
  1999 BMW
384
  2000 BMW
815
  2001 BMW
882
  2002 BMW
761
  2003 BMW
1,225
  2004 BMW
1,666
  2005 BMW
917
  2006 BMW
2,484
  2007 BMW
1,662
  2008 BMW
1,284
  2009 BMW
547
  2010 BMW
388
  2011 BMW
899
  2012 BMW
389
  2013 BMW
363
  2014 BMW
145
  2015 BMW
61
  2016 BMW
36
  2017 BMW
10

Common problems of BMW Vehicles

The following chart shows the most common problems reported for all models of BMW cars. The number one most common problem of BMW is related to the vehicle's air bags, with 3,426 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,711 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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