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Volkswagen Beetle vs. BMW 5-Series 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    
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

 

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 Volkswagen Beetle   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Beetles, 9.0 months of data per Beetle, average 24800 miles

* Very 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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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 136
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 528 / 550 / M5s, 7.5 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 95400 miles

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

2002 BMW 5-Series 78
33.5978835979% 33.5978835979% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 5-Series, 8.2 months of data per 5-Series, average 124100 miles

 

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.

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