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Volvo V50 vs. BMW 5-Series Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending December 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 and Model Percent of Average  
2014 - 2016 BMW 5-Series
33.4285714286% Best 96% Worst
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2011 - 2013 BMW 5-Series
72.8571428571% Best 165% Worst
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2004 - 2010 BMW 5-Series
86% Best 188% Worst
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2005 - 2008 Volvo V50
59.7142857143% Best 142% Worst
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2000 - 2003 BMW 5-Series
40.2857142857% Best 108% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Volvo

Volvo Reliability And Durability: 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. full 2007 Volvo review
2006 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have had no troubles in 50,000 miles. None full 2006 Volvo review
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. full 2006 Volvo review
2005 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
S40 has been rock solid - very few problems. full 2005 Volvo review
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. full 2005 Volvo review
Volvo Reliability And Durability: 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. full 2006 Volvo review
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
A lot of software updates. full 2005 Volvo review
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. full 2005 Volvo review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Tremendous warranty which includes annual oil change and inspection paid for by dealer. ANY problems are fixed at no charge to customer. full 2008 BMW 5-Series review
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Full service for first 4 years. full 2008 BMW 5-Series review
2007 4dr Sedan 360-horsepower 4.8L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
No problems in 15,000 miles full 2007 BMW 5-Series review
2007 4dr Sedan 215-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Very good reputation. full 2007 BMW 5-Series review
2005 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Tried and true inline 6 cylinder engine. full 2005 BMW 5-Series review
2002 4dr Sedan 184-horsepower 2.5L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Very little rust after 8+ years coupled with top notch materials lasting quite a long time. Replacement parts were very costly but performed for long periods. Current owners offer great advice on what and when to perform preventative maintenance. full 2002 BMW 5-Series review
BMW 5-Series Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
- accelerator response (hesitation) - engine issues (check engine light requiring three service visits in two months) - engine malfunction light (part of turbo came disconnected) - faulty fuel sensor (recall first three months of new model year) full 2011 BMW 5-Series review
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Unbelievable maintenance after 50K miles, cost and effort. full 2010 BMW 5-Series review
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Terrible reputation for poor reliability and absurdly high repair costs as early as 50,000 miles. full 2010 BMW 5-Series review
2005 4dr Sedan 325-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Over 80K many systems were beginning to break down full 2005 BMW 5-Series review
2004 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Had several repairs the first month of ownership that were covered by CPO warranty...love that BMW CPO full 2004 BMW 5-Series review
2002 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
This car is known to have a plethora of problems. I have yet to see if it will hold up well for me. full 2002 BMW 5-Series review
2002 4dr Sedan 290-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I picked the above "reason" because it's the worst feature of an otherwise perfect vehicle. The durability of the interior is quite frankly an embarassment. I've lost the buttons for max for the heater, up for the driver side temerature, and the top button for the airflow direction .... don't ask me where they went, they just disappeared! I've broken the drivers side cup holder (and come on ... how pathetic are those cup holders!), and once it breaks, it no longer clicks back into the closed position so now I have a half a cup holder sticking out. One other grievance relating to interior durability ... the plastic footrest (left foot) down below the hood lever also fell apart. The plastic just broke away in full 2002 BMW 5-Series review
2001 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
dealer ship as a mess full 2001 BMW 5-Series review