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 ModelNumber of Problems
  328
2,835
  X5
2,590
  325
2,100
  X3
1,243
  Z4
1,209
  330
1,192
  335
1,162
  3 Series
1,133
  530
792
  750
756
  528
717
  323
567
  5 Series
561
  525
492
  535
483
  M3
434
  745
345
  Z3
265
  550
263
  740
225
  540
223
  545
170
  7 Series
167
  135
158
  X6
150
  650
112
  M5
99
  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 between 2019 and 1996

Owners of BMW cars have reported a total of 20,697 problems across all BMW models built from 2019 to 1996. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all BMW models, is 861.3. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,912 problems).

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

Model YearNumber of Problems
  2019 BMW
62
  2018 BMW
56
  2017 BMW
85
  2016 BMW
104
  2015 BMW
178
  2014 BMW
323
  2013 BMW
797
  2012 BMW
819
  2011 BMW
1,690
  2010 BMW
676
  2009 BMW
942
  2008 BMW
1,896
  2007 BMW
2,208
  2006 BMW
2,912
  2005 BMW
1,025
  2004 BMW
1,800
  2003 BMW
1,372
  2002 BMW
852
  2001 BMW
959
  2000 BMW
846
  1999 BMW
395
  1998 BMW
288
  1997 BMW
271
  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 4,362 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,766 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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