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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, 8.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 8400 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW 5-Series   19 5-Series, 10.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 17200 miles

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2011 BMW 5-Series 40 5-Series, 9.2 months of data per 5-Series, average 28300 miles

First year for F10 5-Series.
43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW 5-Series 32 5-Series, 8.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 45900 miles94
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW 5-Series   18 5-Series, 9.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 56600 miles

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2008 BMW 528 / 550 / M5 43 528 / 550 / M5s, 9.0 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 63500 miles

Refreshed.
96
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW 535 25 535s, 10.6 months of data per 535, average 67400 miles

Refreshed.
122
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 5-Series 30 5-Series, 7.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 77300 miles64
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo V50   12 V50s, 9.9 months of data per V50, average 64500 miles

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2006 BMW 5-Series 39 5-Series, 9.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 83300 miles99
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volvo V50   12 V50s, 8.8 months of data per V50, average 73700 miles

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2005 Volvo V50   20 V50s, 9.1 months of data per V50, average 112900 miles

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2004 BMW 5-Series   24 5-Series, 8.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 93900 miles

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2003 BMW 5-Series   24 5-Series, 8.7 months of data per 5-Series, average 100400 miles

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2002 BMW 5-Series 37 5-Series, 8.9 months of data per 5-Series, average 111400 miles80
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 BMW 5-Series   20 5-Series, 9.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 125500 miles

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2000 BMW 5-Series   16 5-Series, 8.7 months of data per 5-Series, average 138600 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
We wanted a car that we could buy used and still keep for 8-10 years. Perhaps the kids can drive it then.
2006 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have had no troubles in 50,000 miles. None
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.
2005 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
S40 has been rock solid - very few problems.
Reliability and Durability of the Volvo V50: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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.
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
A lot of software updates.

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

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