BMW 5 Series - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

BMW 5 Series owners have reported a total of 555 problems for their cars built in the 15 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the BMW 5 Series. The 2008 BMW 5 Series cars have the most problems reported (138 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for BMW 5 Series

  Common problems of BMW 5 Series

The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for BMW 5 Series cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (97 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (66 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of BMW 5 Series

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
97
  Electrical System
66
  Engine And Engine Cooling
64
  Tire
45
  Gasoline Fuel System
43
  Power Train
38
  Steering
33
  Equipment
25
  Exterior Lighting
22
  Service Brakes
20
   
  Seats
18
  Seat Belt
16
  Visibility
13
  Structure
11
  Wheel
10
  Suspension
9
  Other Fuel System
8
  Latches/locks/linkage
8
  Vehicle Speed Control
5
  Electronic Stability Control
3
  Air Brake
1


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