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 840 model.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  328
2,516
  X5
2,317
  325
2,047
  330
1,156
  Z4
1,150
  3 Series
1,117
  X3
1,087
  335
1,068
  530
757
  750
675
  528
565
  323
559
  5 Series
551
  525
474
  M3
416
  535
373
  745
334
  Z3
260
  550
226
  740
221
  540
219
  545
165
  7 Series
162
  135
145
  X6
127
  M5
88
  650
85
  318
77
  645
59
  760
48
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
13
  850
11
  Z8
7
  735
3
  840
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Number of problems reported for all models of BMW built from year 1996 to 2018.

Owners of BMW cars have reported a total of 19,116 problems across all BMW models built from year 1996 to 2018. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all BMW models, is 830.0. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,791 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 BMW
115
  1997 BMW
273
  1998 BMW
286
  1999 BMW
390
  2000 BMW
841
  2001 BMW
943
  2002 BMW
816
  2003 BMW
1,327
  2004 BMW
1,762
  2005 BMW
1,001
  2006 BMW
2,791
  2007 BMW
2,107
  2008 BMW
1,768
  2009 BMW
867
  2010 BMW
597
  2011 BMW
1,464
  2012 BMW
619
  2013 BMW
609
  2014 BMW
219
  2015 BMW
122
  2016 BMW
79
  2017 BMW
54
  2018 BMW
40

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 4,179 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,395 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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