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BMW 5-Series vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 E-Classes, 11.7 months of data per E-Class, average 10400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2014 BMW 5-Series 11
3.71428571429% 3.71428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 5-Series, 10.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 17600 miles
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 26
38% 38% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 E-Classes, 8.2 months of data per E-Class, average 22100 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Reliable so far.

 

2013 BMW 5-Series 43
63.3004926108% 63.3004926108% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 5-Series, 8.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 32800 miles
2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 E-Classes, 8.6 months of data per E-Class, average 33700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2012 BMW 5-Series 25
24.6543778802% 24.6543778802% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 5-Series, 9.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 45600 miles
2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 55
79.9539170507% 79.9539170507% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 E-Classes, 9.7 months of data per E-Class, average 37700 miles

Despite what the colors of the faces suggest, not too far out of line with the 2010 and 2011. Multiple reports of Adblue heater failures in the diesel.

 

2011 BMW 5-Series 53
62.6984126984% 62.6984126984% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  39 5-Series, 9.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 56600 miles

First year for F10 5-Series.
2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 43
46.8253968254% 46.8253968254% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 E-Classes, 8.6 months of data per E-Class, average 45000 miles

Barely green. Not far off the "unhappy" stat for the 2010. Urea-injection was new to the diesel this year. Some reports of Adblue heater failures.

 

2010 BMW 5-Series 65
73.8095238095% 73.8095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 5-Series, 8.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 74400 miles
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 65
73.8095238095% 73.8095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 E-Classes, 9.6 months of data per E-Class, average 58600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 5-Series, 7.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 85200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 E-Classes, 9.9 months of data per E-Class, average 66700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 BMW 535   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 535s, 9.8 months of data per 535, average 97100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 BMW 528 / 550 / M5 135
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 528 / 550 / M5s, 7.4 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 95300 miles

Refreshed. First year for the turbocharged six in the 535i. Common turbo failures.
2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 E-Classes, 10.7 months of data per E-Class, average 72400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 BMW 5-Series 96
71.5496368039% 71.5496368039% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 5-Series, 8.7 months of data per 5-Series, average 113100 miles
2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 92
67.6755447942% 67.6755447942% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 E-Classes, 7.7 months of data per E-Class, average 89200 miles

Refreshed for this model year.

 

2006 BMW 5-Series 78
59.6103896104% 59.6103896104% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 5-Series, 9.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 103100 miles
2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 71
52.3376623377% 52.3376623377% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 E-Classes, 9.1 months of data per E-Class, average 106700 miles

 

2005 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 5-Series, 7.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 117800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 E-Classes, 7.4 months of data per E-Class, average 128600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 5-Series, 9.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 113000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 E-Classes, 6.9 months of data per E-Class, average 154100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 BMW 5-Series 85
40.0542495479% 40.0542495479% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 5-Series, 8.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 111100 miles
2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 E-Classes, 9.3 months of data per E-Class, average 108100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 BMW 5-Series 78
32.9268292683% 32.9268292683% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 5-Series, 8.2 months of data per 5-Series, average 124100 miles
2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 E-Classes, 7.6 months of data per E-Class, average 143500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 5-Series, 7.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 128300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 E-Classes, 8.0 months of data per E-Class, average 135800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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