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
2,611
  X5
2,396
  325
2,054
  330
1,165
  Z4
1,165
  335
1,127
  X3
1,123
  3 Series
1,121
  530
774
  750
693
  528
647
  323
561
  5 Series
555
  525
479
  535
430
  M3
416
  745
334
  Z3
260
  550
235
  740
224
  540
220
  545
167
  7 Series
163
  135
147
  X6
132
  650
97
  M5
88
  318
77
  645
59
  760
48
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
13
  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 19,635 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 817.1. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,824 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
842
  2001 BMW
947
  2002 BMW
827
  2003 BMW
1,337
  2004 BMW
1,771
  2005 BMW
1,007
  2006 BMW
2,824
  2007 BMW
2,140
  2008 BMW
1,824
  2009 BMW
884
  2010 BMW
644
  2011 BMW
1,536
  2012 BMW
685
  2013 BMW
674
  2014 BMW
268
  2015 BMW
137
  2016 BMW
89
  2017 BMW
58
  2018 BMW
41
  2019 BMW
13

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 4,239 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,515 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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