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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
1,836
  X5
1,621
  328
1,455
  330
1,041
  Z4
1,032
  3 Series
960
  335
861
  X3
692
  530
654
  750
559
  323
541
  5 Series
523
  525
427
  528
424
  M3
356
  745
311
  535
269
  Z3
246
  740
209
  540
206
  550
176
  545
147
  7 Series
141
  135
103
  M5
79
  318
77
  X6
73
  650
70
  645
47
  760
38
  320
21
  M6
12
  850
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 15,239 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 691.5. BMW's 2006 model year cars have the most problems reported (2,443 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
268
  1998 BMW
275
  1999 BMW
382
  2000 BMW
813
  2001 BMW
873
  2002 BMW
752
  2003 BMW
1,214
  2004 BMW
1,651
  2005 BMW
899
  2006 BMW
2,443
  2007 BMW
1,621
  2008 BMW
1,255
  2009 BMW
526
  2010 BMW
371
  2011 BMW
845
  2012 BMW
354
  2013 BMW
317
  2014 BMW
139
  2015 BMW
60
  2016 BMW
33
  2017 BMW
9

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 3,288 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,677 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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