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
2,232
  X5
2,176
  325
2,010
  330
1,135
  Z4
1,112
  3 Series
1,075
  335
1,034
  X3
969
  530
731
  750
652
  323
555
  5 Series
543
  528
534
  525
466
  M3
409
  535
335
  745
326
  Z3
257
  540
218
  740
215
  550
207
  545
160
  7 Series
156
  135
138
  X6
123
  M5
88
  650
85
  318
77
  645
56
  760
46
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
13
  850
11
  Z8
6
  735
3
  840
2

Number of problems reported for all models of BMW built from year 1996 to 2018.

Owners of BMW cars have reported a total of 18,191 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 789.8. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,718 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
283
  1999 BMW
389
  2000 BMW
836
  2001 BMW
927
  2002 BMW
806
  2003 BMW
1,299
  2004 BMW
1,739
  2005 BMW
977
  2006 BMW
2,718
  2007 BMW
1,984
  2008 BMW
1,650
  2009 BMW
799
  2010 BMW
547
  2011 BMW
1,310
  2012 BMW
558
  2013 BMW
541
  2014 BMW
192
  2015 BMW
99
  2016 BMW
64
  2017 BMW
45
  2018 BMW
17

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 4,066 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,197 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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