BMW Z3 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

BMW Z3 owners have reported a total of 260 problems for their cars built in the 8 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 Z3. The 1998 BMW Z3 cars have the most problems reported (51 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for BMW Z3

Model Year Number of Problems
  2003 Z3
4
  2002 Z3
3
  2001 Z3
33
  2000 Z3
49
  1999 Z3
41
  1998 Z3
51
  1997 Z3
46
  1996 Z3
33

  Common problems of BMW Z3

The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for BMW Z3 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (55 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (32 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of BMW Z3

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
55
  Power Train
32
  Seats
31
  Seat Belt
28
  Structure
26
  Electrical System
15
  Suspension
14
  Equipment
11
  Engine And Engine Cooling
11
  Tire
8
   
  Steering
6
  Visibility
4
  Unknown Or Other
3
  Exterior Lighting
3
  Gasoline Fuel System
3
  Other Fuel System
2
  Vehicle Speed Control
2
  Service Brakes
2
  Latches/locks/linkage
2
  Electronic Stability Control
1
  Wheel
1


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