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Volkswagen Beetle vs. BMW 5-Series Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volkswagen Beetle and BMW 5-Series reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volkswagen Beetle and the BMW 5-Series 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 Volkswagen Beetle and the BMW 5-Series 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 BMW 5-Series   14 5-Series, 5.9 months of data per 5-Series, average 4500 miles

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2013 BMW 5-Series 25 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 13000 miles31
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Beetle   17 Beetles, 6.2 months of data per Beetle, average 8200 miles

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2012 BMW 5-Series 26 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 21500 miles44
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW 5-Series 48 5-Series, 7.9 months of data per 5-Series, average 34600 miles

First year for F10 5-Series.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW 5-Series 31 5-Series, 9.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 51400 miles47
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW 5-Series   23 5-Series, 8.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 56900 miles

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2008 BMW 528 / 550 / M5 48 528 / 550 / M5s, 8.0 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 71000 miles

Refreshed.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW 535 27 535s, 9.3 months of data per 535, average 75000 miles

Refreshed.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 5-Series 29 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 90600 miles53
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 BMW 5-Series 38 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 88400 miles91
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 BMW 5-Series   21 5-Series, 8.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 92000 miles

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2003 BMW 5-Series   24 5-Series, 9.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 103700 miles

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2002 BMW 5-Series 37 5-Series, 9.2 months of data per 5-Series, average 114000 miles96
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 BMW 5-Series   17 5-Series, 10.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 128400 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle   13 Beetles, 7.2 months of data per Beetle, average 111100 miles

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2000 BMW 5-Series   12 5-Series, 10.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 131100 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Volkswagen Beetle

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What Our Members Are Saying about Volkswagen Beetle Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Volkswagen Beetle: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 2dr Convertible 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Despite having an extended warranty the vehicle was in the shop so often it became too inconvenient to own.
2000 2dr Hatch 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I bought this car as a "Certified Used". I replaced the main computer twice in the first 3 months. I have replaced 02 sensors every year, sometimes up to 3 a year. Repairs are expensive and required often.

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