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 840 model.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  328
2,453
  X5
2,280
  325
2,039
  330
1,152
  Z4
1,142
  3 Series
1,105
  335
1,057
  X3
1,054
  530
751
  750
671
  528
557
  323
556
  5 Series
546
  525
470
  M3
414
  535
360
  745
334
  Z3
257
  550
222
  740
221
  540
219
  545
165
  7 Series
161
  135
145
  X6
124
  M5
88
  650
85
  318
77
  645
59
  760
48
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
13
  850
11
  Z8
7
  735
3
  840
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Number of problems reported for all models of BMW built from year 1996 to 2018.

Owners of BMW cars have reported a total of 18,884 problems across all BMW models built from year 1996 to 2018. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all BMW models, is 819.9. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,769 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
273
  1998 BMW
283
  1999 BMW
390
  2000 BMW
839
  2001 BMW
941
  2002 BMW
815
  2003 BMW
1,326
  2004 BMW
1,756
  2005 BMW
998
  2006 BMW
2,769
  2007 BMW
2,071
  2008 BMW
1,736
  2009 BMW
855
  2010 BMW
578
  2011 BMW
1,427
  2012 BMW
604
  2013 BMW
594
  2014 BMW
209
  2015 BMW
114
  2016 BMW
76
  2017 BMW
52
  2018 BMW
37

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 4,143 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,348 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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