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Volvo V50 vs. BMW 5-Series Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 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 12
6% 6% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 5-Series, 10.7 months of data per 5-Series, average 15200 miles

 

2013 BMW 5-Series 50
77.0935960591% 77.0935960591% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 5-Series, 9.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 30700 miles

 

2012 BMW 5-Series 35
41.0714285714% 41.0714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 42900 miles

 

2011 BMW 5-Series 44
50.4081632653% 50.4081632653% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 5-Series, 8.7 months of data per 5-Series, average 56100 miles

First year for F10 5-Series.

 

2010 BMW 5-Series 55
59.1575091575% 59.1575091575% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 5-Series, 8.9 months of data per 5-Series, average 72000 miles

 

2009 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 5-Series, 8.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 77600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2008 BMW 528 / 550 / M5 129
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 528 / 550 / M5s, 8.2 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 93000 miles

Refreshed. First year for the turbocharged six in the 535i. Common turbo failures.
2008 BMW 535   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 535s, 8.3 months of data per 535, average 93200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 BMW 5-Series 84
65.8441558442% 65.8441558442% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 5-Series, 8.7 months of data per 5-Series, average 106000 miles
2007 Volvo V50   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 V50s, 10.8 months of data per V50, average 89600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 BMW 5-Series 71
49.7493734336% 49.7493734336% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 99200 miles
2006 Volvo V50   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 V50s, 10.0 months of data per V50, average 100400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 5-Series, 6.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 119300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Volvo V50   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 V50s, 7.9 months of data per V50, average 123700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 5-Series, 9.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 101300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 BMW 5-Series 85
40.8424908425% 40.8424908425% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 5-Series, 8.2 months of data per 5-Series, average 108500 miles

 

2002 BMW 5-Series 70
30.5194805195% 30.5194805195% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 5-Series, 8.9 months of data per 5-Series, average 120400 miles

 

2001 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 5-Series, 8.2 months of data per 5-Series, average 129900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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