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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 the 840 model.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  325
1,891
  X5
1,838
  328
1,604
  330
1,061
  Z4
1,057
  3 Series
992
  335
914
  X3
752
  530
667
  750
587
  323
545
  5 Series
531
  528
446
  525
436
  M3
372
  745
313
  535
290
  Z3
247
  740
210
  540
209
  550
183
  545
153
  7 Series
149
  135
115
  X6
90
  M5
81
  318
77
  650
72
  645
50
  760
41
  320
21
  M6
15
  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 16,042 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 728.0. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,523 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
385
  2000 BMW
818
  2001 BMW
887
  2002 BMW
765
  2003 BMW
1,236
  2004 BMW
1,682
  2005 BMW
933
  2006 BMW
2,523
  2007 BMW
1,698
  2008 BMW
1,344
  2009 BMW
589
  2010 BMW
418
  2011 BMW
969
  2012 BMW
426
  2013 BMW
411
  2014 BMW
155
  2015 BMW
63
  2016 BMW
37
  2017 BMW
18

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 3,599 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,753 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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