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Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2014 BMW 5-Series 11
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  31 5-Series, 10.2 months of data per 5-Series, average 11000 miles

 

2013 BMW 5-Series 45
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 5-Series, 10.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 26200 miles
2013 Lexus GS   Join or sign in to vie  
  24 GSs, 9.5 months of data per GS, average 28300 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2012 BMW 5-Series 33
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 5-Series, 9.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 37200 miles

 

2011 BMW 5-Series 47
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  46 5-Series, 9.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 51100 miles

First year for F10 5-Series.

 

2010 BMW 5-Series 59
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 5-Series, 10.2 months of data per 5-Series, average 70600 miles

 

2009 BMW 5-Series   Join or sign in to vie  
  14 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 74600 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2008 BMW 535 92
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 535s, 9.4 months of data per 535, average 87900 miles

Refreshed. First year for the turbocharged six in the 535i. Common turbo failures.
2008 BMW 528 / 550 / M5 94
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  44 528 / 550 / M5s, 8.4 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 88900 miles

Refreshed. First year for the turbocharged six in the 535i. Common turbo failures.

 

2007 BMW 5-Series 93
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 5-Series, 8.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 95800 miles
2007 Lexus GS   Join or sign in to vie  
  13 GSs, 8.2 months of data per GS, average 78700 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2006 BMW 5-Series 62
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  36 5-Series, 9.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 94100 miles
2006 Lexus GS   Join or sign in to vie  
  12 GSs, 8.5 months of data per GS, average 92200 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2005 BMW 5-Series   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 5-Series, 8.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 121500 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2004 BMW 5-Series   Join or sign in to vie  
  22 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 97700 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2003 BMW 5-Series 85
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 5-Series, 6.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 111200 miles

 

2002 BMW 5-Series 107
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  32 5-Series, 8.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 121100 miles

 

2001 BMW 5-Series   Join or sign in to vie  
  21 5-Series, 9.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 130300 miles

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2000 BMW 5-Series   Join or sign in to vie  
  14 5-Series, 6.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 147800 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

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BMW 5-Series vs. Lexus GS Reliability Comparisons

You won't find BMW 5-Series or Lexus GS reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the BMW 5-Series and the Lexus GS truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track BMW 5-Series and Lexus GS reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the BMW 5-Series and the Lexus GS were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the BMW 5-Series and the Lexus GS have been recently.

What People Are Saying about Reliability and the BMW 5-Series

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Tremendous warranty which includes annual oil change and inspection paid for by dealer. ANY problems are fixed at no charge to customer.
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Full service for first 4 years.
2007 4dr Sedan 360-horsepower 4.8L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
No problems in 15,000 miles
2007 4dr Sedan 215-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Very good reputation.
2005 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Tried and true inline 6 cylinder engine.
2002 4dr Sedan 184-horsepower 2.5L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Very little rust after 8+ years coupled with top notch materials lasting quite a long time. Replacement parts were very costly but performed for long periods. Current owners offer great advice on what and when to perform preventative maintenance.
BMW 5-Series Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
- accelerator response (hesitation) - engine issues (check engine light requiring three service visits in two months) - engine malfunction light (part of turbo came disconnected) - faulty fuel sensor (recall first three months of new model year)
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Terrible reputation for poor reliability and absurdly high repair costs as early as 50,000 miles.
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Unbelievable maintenance after 50K miles, cost and effort.
2005 4dr Sedan 325-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Over 80K many systems were beginning to break down
2004 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Had several repairs the first month of ownership that were covered by CPO warranty...love that BMW CPO
2002 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
This car is known to have a plethora of problems. I have yet to see if it will hold up well for me.
2002 4dr Sedan 290-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I picked the above "reason" because it's the worst feature of an otherwise perfect vehicle. The durability of the interior is quite frankly an embarassment. I've lost the buttons for max for the heater, up for the driver side temerature, and the top button for the airflow direction .... don't ask me where they went, they just disappeared! I've broken the drivers side cup holder (and come on ... how pathetic are those cup holders!), and once it breaks, it no longer clicks back into the closed position so now I have a half a cup holder sticking out. One other grievance relating to interior durability ... the plastic footrest (left foot) down below the hood lever also fell apart. The plastic just broke away in
2001 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
dealer ship as a mess
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Lexus GS

Lexus GS Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 303-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Think it continues to have the best record for reliability and durability for any brand at the same price point
2008 4dr Sedan 292-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid
6-speed shiftable CVT RWD
I have had absolutely no problems with this car. Just take it in for oil every 5000 miles and all is well!
2008 4dr Sedan 303-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
My third Lexus- all impressive products requiring little or no dealer visits or upkeep
2007 4dr Sedan 292-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid
6-speed shiftable CVT RWD
No faults so far Good word of mouth on reliability Above average warranty offering, which allays fears of reliability problems
2006 4dr Sedan 300-horsepower 4.3L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
never fails to run superbly
2002 4dr Sedan 220-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Extremely well made car - reliable and durable. My seats are still in very good shape (2002).
Lexus GS Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Sedan 245-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I am very disappointed inte reliability of this Lexus. I've always believed the hype about the excellent reliabiity of the Lexus brand. I have not had any major problems, but it seems there is always something coming up. It is the only car that has stranded me or my wife in the pst 10 years, and that wtih a pinhole in the radiator. The radiator is very cheaply made, easily damaged by road debris. This car has been to the shop more than any car I've owned in the last 10 years other than my 1980 Porsche 911 and it sate 10 years before I bought it. The list of issues includes no catastrophic problems but I am more than likly to get rid 0f it before something major does happen. Not sure if i bought a lemon of if the 2006, being a major upgrade year model is experiencing the pain of new model syndrome.