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Volvo V50 vs. BMW 5-Series Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Volvo V50 or BMW 5-Series reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Volvo V50 and the BMW 5-Series truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Volvo V50 and BMW 5-Series reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Volvo V50 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 Volvo V50 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  
2013 BMW 5-Series 26 5-Series, 9.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 10500 miles26
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW 5-Series   24 5-Series, 9.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 19900 miles

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2011 BMW 5-Series 44 5-Series, 8.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 31400 miles

First year for F10 5-Series.
43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW 5-Series 32 5-Series, 9.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 49700 miles63
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW 5-Series   18 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 56700 miles

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2008 BMW 528 / 550 / M5 48 528 / 550 / M5s, 7.7 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 67300 miles

Refreshed.
85
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW 535 25 535s, 10.0 months of data per 535, average 71400 miles

Refreshed.
115
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 5-Series 29 5-Series, 7.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 79700 miles57
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo V50   11 V50s, 11.5 months of data per V50, average 67200 miles

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2006 BMW 5-Series 38 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 84900 miles100
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volvo V50   12 V50s, 8.5 months of data per V50, average 78400 miles

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2005 Volvo V50   20 V50s, 8.6 months of data per V50, average 117700 miles

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2004 BMW 5-Series   21 5-Series, 9.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 92900 miles

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2003 BMW 5-Series   24 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 101000 miles

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2002 BMW 5-Series 38 5-Series, 8.7 months of data per 5-Series, average 113400 miles87
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 BMW 5-Series   18 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 127200 miles

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2000 BMW 5-Series   12 5-Series, 10.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 135500 miles

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1999 BMW 5-Series   10 5-Series, 8.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 152600 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Volvo V50

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What Our Members Are Saying about Volvo V50 Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Volvo V50: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed manual FWD
We now have over 50k miles, and the car has nothing but routine maintenance. Very reliable.
2006 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have had no troubles in 50,000 miles. None
2006 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We wanted a car that we could buy used and still keep for 8-10 years. Perhaps the kids can drive it then.
2005 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
S40 has been rock solid - very few problems.
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
These cars have a reputation of lasting a long time but the reliability is less sterling.
Reliability and Durability of the Volvo V50: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Wagon 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
A boxer with a glass jaw. Mechanically, the V50 is a solid, secure vehicle. HOWEVER, it is knit together by an immensly complex (to my 20th century mind) mix of three network busses and ~ fifteen interconnected processors. If this system fails to deliver, only the dealer can diagnose or repair the software side of the vehicle. Even a low battery can result in a bewildering array of symptoms, as various modules get their stories mixed up, with doors locking and unlocking, the CD changer cycling, etc... all due to (in my case) corrosion under the battery terminal! On a smaller note, the tail gate has an electrical ONLY latch. In my six months of ownership, there have been two times when I needed to open that tail gate while the battery was out of the car.
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
A lot of software updates.
2005 4dr Wagon 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This car has seen lots of warranty repairs and service bulletins within the first 3 years of its life but it make much better since. This is likely because mine was the first year of production.

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

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