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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 X5 model cars than the 840 model.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  X5
1,928
  325
1,907
  328
1,670
  330
1,083
  Z4
1,064
  3 Series
1,003
  335
931
  X3
785
  530
673
  750
599
  323
548
  5 Series
532
  528
452
  525
436
  M3
380
  745
316
  535
298
  Z3
252
  740
211
  540
210
  550
190
  545
157
  7 Series
149
  135
117
  X6
104
  M5
82
  318
77
  650
74
  645
50
  760
41
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
11
  850
11
  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 16,388 problems across all BMW models built from year 1996 to 2017. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all BMW models, is 743.7. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,548 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
269
  1998 BMW
276
  1999 BMW
388
  2000 BMW
824
  2001 BMW
902
  2002 BMW
771
  2003 BMW
1,251
  2004 BMW
1,691
  2005 BMW
941
  2006 BMW
2,548
  2007 BMW
1,739
  2008 BMW
1,378
  2009 BMW
621
  2010 BMW
444
  2011 BMW
1,014
  2012 BMW
456
  2013 BMW
442
  2014 BMW
161
  2015 BMW
67
  2016 BMW
40
  2017 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 3,744 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,788 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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