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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
1,799
  X5
1,427
  328
1,355
  330
1,018
  Z4
1,018
  3 Series
942
  335
811
  X3
669
  530
641
  323
536
  750
531
  5 Series
520
  525
413
  528
394
  M3
348
  745
307
  535
247
  Z3
241
  540
206
  740
203
  550
170
  545
139
  7 Series
138
  135
99
  M5
77
  318
77
  650
68
  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 14,608 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 662.9. BMW's 2006 model year cars have the most problems reported (2,381 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
267
  1998 BMW
274
  1999 BMW
378
  2000 BMW
807
  2001 BMW
856
  2002 BMW
740
  2003 BMW
1,196
  2004 BMW
1,621
  2005 BMW
868
  2006 BMW
2,381
  2007 BMW
1,536
  2008 BMW
1,177
  2009 BMW
484
  2010 BMW
345
  2011 BMW
743
  2012 BMW
311
  2013 BMW
284
  2014 BMW
126
  2015 BMW
56
  2016 BMW
17
  2017 BMW
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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 3,055 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,626 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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