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BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find BMW X3 or Audi Q5 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track BMW X3 and Audi Q5 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 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 X3 and the Audi Q5 have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Audi Q5 gas 31 Q5 gass, 6.6 months of data per Q5 gas, average 5700 miles

Common problem with the fuel pump in the TDI.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Audi Q5 TDI   18 Q5 TDIs, 6.1 months of data per Q5 TDI, average 7400 miles

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2014 BMW X3   20 X3s, 8.2 months of data per X3, average 6200 miles

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2013 Audi Q5 TDI 34 Q5 TDIs, 10.2 months of data per Q5 TDI, average 13500 miles28
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 BMW X3 26 X3s, 9.8 months of data per X3, average 16800 miles19
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Audi Q5 TDI 40 Q5 TDIs, 8.9 months of data per Q5 TDI, average 23600 miles37
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW X3   18 X3s, 10.1 months of data per X3, average 24800 miles

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2011 Audi Q5 TDI 38 Q5 TDIs, 9.4 months of data per Q5 TDI, average 43100 miles44
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW X3 25 X3s, 9.1 months of data per X3, average 31000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Audi Q5 TDI 33 Q5 TDIs, 10.8 months of data per Q5 TDI, average 49600 miles

Common problem with carbon build-up in gas V6 engine.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Audi Q5 TDI   12 Q5 TDIs, 10.1 months of data per Q5 TDI, average 63000 miles

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2008 BMW X3   11 X3s, 9.7 months of data per X3, average 58500 miles

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2007 BMW X3 26 X3s, 9.3 months of data per X3, average 79200 miles75
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 BMW X3   13 X3s, 8.8 months of data per X3, average 93200 miles

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2005 BMW X3   13 X3s, 7.2 months of data per X3, average 110100 miles

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2004 BMW X3   14 X3s, 7.6 months of data per X3, average 122400 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the BMW X3

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the BMW X3

BMW X3 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Not a single issue in over three years of ownership. SA at BMW store stated X3s have much fewer problems than most other BMW vehicles.
2006 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
not lots of gizmos and trinkets to break - interior simple and well made - even at high mileage it looks new! switches, buttons all high quality
2006 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Iíve only encountered the most minor problems Ė a bad airbag sensor in a seat and a bad Sirius radio tuner. Otherwise, itís been problem-free driving for almost 30K miles.
BMW X3 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Ride qualities have necessitated two visits to the dealership along with one two-night stay in the first month of ownership. The tailgate latch has begun to stick where it will neither open or close completely.
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
After a long trip, a downshift in the driveway from 2nd to 1st was missed accompanied by slippage and loud noises. In test drive around the neighborhood it continued. Next morning was ok. Dealer unable to find any computer log of event.
2004 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual AWD
Frequent expensive repairs from past experiance
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Audi Q5

Audi Q5 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The 2009 Q5 is my wife's car. I drive it occasionally, we have 42,200 miles on the car. It has proven to be the best car we have owned having only one a/c issue last summer causing the a/c to stop working. We had the car repaired at the local Audi dealer. We bought the car new, ordering it from a dealer, took delivery of the car and have loved the car ever since. My wife will not trade the car. It drives great, steering and body is so firm and it's like driving a race car. Plenty of power, drives wonderfully on the interstates, I just can't find anything wrong. Don't understand how the 2009 reliability is so low. The car has never failed to start take us where we want, brings us home.