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
2,651
  X5
2,429
  325
2,061
  Z4
1,174
  330
1,167
  335
1,136
  X3
1,135
  3 Series
1,124
  530
774
  750
703
  528
656
  323
561
  5 Series
556
  525
479
  535
432
  M3
418
  745
334
  Z3
260
  550
235
  740
224
  540
220
  545
167
  7 Series
164
  135
153
  X6
132
  650
101
  M5
89
  318
77
  645
59
  760
48
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
14
  850
11
  Z8
7

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

Owners of BMW cars have reported a total of 19,787 problems across all BMW models built from year 1996 to 2019. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all BMW models, is 823.4. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,831 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
270
  1998 BMW
286
  1999 BMW
391
  2000 BMW
842
  2001 BMW
947
  2002 BMW
828
  2003 BMW
1,337
  2004 BMW
1,783
  2005 BMW
1,010
  2006 BMW
2,831
  2007 BMW
2,150
  2008 BMW
1,834
  2009 BMW
897
  2010 BMW
648
  2011 BMW
1,560
  2012 BMW
698
  2013 BMW
699
  2014 BMW
273
  2015 BMW
142
  2016 BMW
90
  2017 BMW
69
  2018 BMW
45
  2019 BMW
17

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 4,259 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,549 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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