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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 X5 model cars than the 840 model.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  X5
2,012
  325
1,937
  328
1,781
  330
1,092
  Z4
1,071
  3 Series
1,035
  335
966
  X3
825
  530
685
  750
609
  323
554
  5 Series
537
  528
464
  525
450
  M3
388
  745
320
  535
301
  Z3
252
  740
211
  540
210
  550
193
  545
157
  7 Series
151
  135
122
  X6
105
  M5
83
  318
77
  650
75
  645
50
  760
44
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
12
  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 16,827 problems across all BMW models built from year 1996 to 2017. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all BMW models, is 763.7. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,590 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
280
  1999 BMW
389
  2000 BMW
826
  2001 BMW
912
  2002 BMW
788
  2003 BMW
1,262
  2004 BMW
1,703
  2005 BMW
952
  2006 BMW
2,590
  2007 BMW
1,816
  2008 BMW
1,446
  2009 BMW
661
  2010 BMW
464
  2011 BMW
1,069
  2012 BMW
490
  2013 BMW
459
  2014 BMW
166
  2015 BMW
70
  2016 BMW
45
  2017 BMW
30

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 3,875 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,860 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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