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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 840.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  325
1,811
  X5
1,477
  328
1,398
  330
1,028
  Z4
1,025
  3 Series
947
  335
826
  X3
680
  530
641
  750
542
  323
537
  5 Series
520
  525
418
  528
404
  M3
352
  745
307
  535
256
  Z3
243
  740
207
  540
206
  550
173
  545
142
  7 Series
138
  135
101
  M5
78
  318
77
  650
70
  X6
67
  645
45
  760
38
  320
21
  850
11
  M6
11
  128
10
  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 14,818 problems for all BMW models built from year 1996 to 2017. The average problems per model year reported during this period for all BMW models is 672.4. BMW's 2006 model year cars have the most problems reported (2,398 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 BMW
113
  1997 BMW
268
  1998 BMW
275
  1999 BMW
381
  2000 BMW
807
  2001 BMW
857
  2002 BMW
744
  2003 BMW
1,198
  2004 BMW
1,636
  2005 BMW
880
  2006 BMW
2,398
  2007 BMW
1,564
  2008 BMW
1,209
  2009 BMW
492
  2010 BMW
354
  2011 BMW
778
  2012 BMW
322
  2013 BMW
299
  2014 BMW
131
  2015 BMW
56
  2016 BMW
23
  2017 BMW
8

Common problems of BMW Vehicles

The following chart shows the most common problems reported for all models of BMW cars. The number one most common problem of BMW is related to the vehicle's air bags, with 3,127 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,649 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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