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
2,718
  X5
2,483
  325
2,071
  Z4
1,182
  330
1,173
  X3
1,169
  335
1,149
  3 Series
1,130
  530
777
  750
722
  528
670
  323
562
  5 Series
560
  525
483
  535
450
  M3
421
  745
342
  Z3
260
  550
239
  740
225
  540
221
  7 Series
167
  545
167
  135
154
  X6
140
  650
105
  M5
95
  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 20,087 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 835.9. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,854 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
843
  2001 BMW
952
  2002 BMW
832
  2003 BMW
1,350
  2004 BMW
1,788
  2005 BMW
1,017
  2006 BMW
2,854
  2007 BMW
2,169
  2008 BMW
1,860
  2009 BMW
915
  2010 BMW
658
  2011 BMW
1,591
  2012 BMW
748
  2013 BMW
739
  2014 BMW
287
  2015 BMW
159
  2016 BMW
94
  2017 BMW
72
  2018 BMW
47
  2019 BMW
25

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 4,298 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,625 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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