BMW Issues

The most common BMW problems

BMW-common-problems

Problems solved during BMW’s recalls do not usually determine the reliability of the vehicle itself. Even the common-recalled model can be a good choice, and vice versa.

It is good to be informed, however, what problems the manufacturer has recalled most often. At least to know whether the defect was corrected by the previous owner, when buying a second-hand car. You should check your vehicle VIN with your nearest BMW dealer using our special page.



The most common BMW problems by model

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The most common BMW faults by keywords

Airbags

BMW-x5-2004-recall-airbag 24. 3. 2019

BMW X5 (2000 - 2004)

  4/2000 - 9/2004
Owing to retrofitting of the steering wheel, certain vehicles may be equipped with a driver airbag t ...
     1,103
BMW-5-2001-recall-airbag 24. 3. 2019

BMW 5 Series (2000 - 2004)

  4/2000 - 9/2004
Owing to retrofitting of the steering wheel, certain vehicles may be equipped with a driver airbag t ...
     779
BMW-X5-2002-recall-airbag 12. 10. 2018

BMW X5 (2001 - 2002)

  1. 3. 2001 - 28. 2. 2002
The software of the airbag control device has been incorrectly programmed. As a consequence, simulta ...
     2,448
bmw-x3-2018-recall-airbag 11. 5. 2018

BMW X3 (2017 - 2018)

  8. 12. 2017 - 17. 3. 2018
In case of deployment of the driver airbag module, the gas generator could burst. If the gas generat ...
     1,013
BMW-X3-2012-recall 9. 9. 2017

BMW X3 (2011 - 2012)

  VII. 2011 - XI. 2012
The housing of the driver’s front airbag inflator may have been incorrectly welded. In the event o ...
     1,515

End of Airbags Sumary

Brakes

BMW-X4-2018-recall-rear-brakes 20. 10. 2018

BMW X4 (2018)

  15. 4. 2018 - 27. 6. 2018
The coating of the rear brake caliper piston is defective and impacts the piston movement. This can ...
     406
BMW-X3-2018-recall-rear-brakes 19. 10. 2018

BMW X3 (2018)

  15. 4. 2018 - 27. 6. 2018
The coating of the rear brake caliper piston is defective and impacts the piston movement. This can ...
     476
bmw-5-2017-svolavaci-akce 7. 7. 2017

BMW 5 Series (2017)

  16. 5. - 20. 5. 2017
Owing to a defect in the ball head of the brake pedal, the brake lights may be permanently activated ...
     1,738
bmw-7-2017-recall 7. 7. 2017

BMW 7 Series (2017)

  16. 5. - 20. 5. 2017
Owing to a defect in the ball head of the brake pedal, the brake lights may be permanently activated ...
     1,142
BMW-7-Series-2016-recall 5. 5. 2017

BMW 7 Series (2015 - 2017)

  X. 2015 - III. 2017
The crimping of the engine oil cooler pipes may be defective, which could lead to leakage of engine ...
     2,710

End of Brakes Sumary

Engine

BMW-Z4-2019-recall-accelerator-pedal 29. 3. 2019

BMW Z4 (2018 - 2019)

  27. 9. 2018 - 6. 2. 2019
Owing to a fixture missing on the accelerator pedal module, a cable could cause the pedal to get stu ...
     252
BMW-3-2008-recall-batery-cable 27. 7. 2018

BMW 3 Series (2006 - 2011)

  12. 9. 2006 - 20. 6. 2011
The plug connection for the positive battery cable may be defective. This could cause the vehicle el ...
     2,179
bmw-1-2008-recall-batery-cable 27. 7. 2018

BMW 1 Series (2006 - 2011)

  12. 9. 2006 - 20. 6. 2011
The plug connection for the positive battery cable may be defective. This could cause the vehicle el ...
     1,215
BMW-X1-2010-recall-batery-cable 27. 7. 2018

BMW X1 (2009 - 2011)

  until 20. 6. 2011
The plug connection for the positive battery cable may be defective. This could cause the vehicle el ...
     1,177
BMW-M3-2008-recall-batery-cable 27. 7. 2018

BMW M3 (2006 - 2011)

  12. 9. 2006 - 20. 6. 2011
The plug connection for the positive battery cable may be defective. This could cause the vehicle el ...
     605

End of Engine Sumary

Gearbox

bmw-X1-2017-recall 26. 9. 2017

BMW X1 (2017)

  VI. - VII. 2017
A faulty connecting socket on the dual clutch transmission could lead to the gears switching to neut ...
     1,110

End of Gearbox Sumary

Suspension

BMW-X6-2018-recall-wheel-bolts 20. 10. 2018

BMW X6 (2018)

  12. 7. 2018 - 2. 8. 2018
The wheel bolts may not have been correctly tightened and may consequently loosen over time and brea ...
     590
BMW-X5-2018-recall-wheel-bolts 20. 10. 2018

BMW X5 (2018)

  12. 7. 2018 - 2. 8. 2018
The wheel bolts may not have been correctly tightened and may consequently loosen over time and brea ...
     681
bmw-x1-2018-recall-bearing 13. 7. 2018

BMW X1 (2018)

  24. 4. 2018 - 1. 5. 2018
The bearings on the front axle could break. Should this occur, there could be a loss of wheel contro ...
     1,735
bmw-2-2018-recall-bearing 13. 7. 2018

BMW 2 series (2018)

  24. 4. 2018 - 1. 5. 2018
The bearings on the front axle could break. Should this occur, there could be a loss of wheel contro ...
     1,090
bmw-1-series-2011-recall 24. 2. 2017

BMW 1 Series (2010 - 2011)

  MY 2010 - 2011
The universal joint of the drive shaft might break, causing a sudden loss of propulsion. Recalled ve ...
     1,728

End of Suspension Sumary

Steering

BMW-X3-2018-recall-steering 11. 1. 2019

BMW X3 (2018)

  3/2018 - 8/2018
The screw connection on the steering spindle may not have been sufficiently tightened. The screw con ...
     390
bmw-5-series-2017-recall 11. 10. 2017

BMW 5 Series (2017)

  VIII. 2017
A component of the steering mechanism might not have been fitted correctly. This might lead to consi ...
     1,856
BMW-6-Series-2017-recall 11. 10. 2017

BMW 6 Series (2017)

  VIII. 2017
A component of the steering mechanism might not have been fitted correctly. This might lead to consi ...
     1,070
BMW-7-Series-2017-recall 11. 10. 2017

BMW 7 Series (2017)

  VIII. 2017
A component of the steering mechanism might not have been fitted correctly. This might lead to consi ...
     659
BMW-i8-2014-recall 9. 12. 2016

BMW i8 (2014 - 2016)

  2011 - 2016
The control unit of the electronic power steering may have been incorrectly manufactured. This may c ...
     795

End of Steering Sumary

Fuel Tank

bmw-i3-2014-recall 10. 4. 2017

BMW i3 (2013 - 2016)

  9. 9. 2013 - 30. 12. 2016
Inappropriate routing might cause a leakage on the fuel tank ventilation line over time. As a result ...
     1,106

End of Fuel Tank Sumary

Bodywork

BMW-x1-2018-recall-rear-lights 5. 3. 2019

BMW X1 (2018 - 2019)

  5. 10. 2018 - 21. 1. 2019
The nuts of the rear light brackets may be contaminated with oil. Oil can cause cracks in the light ...
     482
bmw-x3-2018-recall-spoiler 30. 3. 2018

BMW X3 (2017 - 2018)

  11. 7. 2017 - 23. 2. 2018
It is possible that the screws for attaching the rear spoiler were not fitted. The spoiler could bec ...
     1,233

End of Bodywork Sumary

Electronic

BMW-3-series-2009-battery-cable-fault-recall 31. 5. 2019

BMW 3 series (2009 - 2011)

  12/2009 - 10/2017
The connector of the positive battery cable on the front power distribution box may be damaged. This ...
     231
BMW-1-series-2009-battery-cable-fault-recall 31. 5. 2019

BMW 1 series (2009 - 2011)

  12/2009 - 10/2011
The connector of the positive battery cable on the front power distribution box may be damaged. This ...
BMW-X1-2010-battery-cable-fault-recall 31. 5. 2019

BMW X1 (2009 - 2011)

  12/2009 - 10/2011
The connector of the positive battery cable on the front power distribution box may be damaged. This ...
     135
BMW-X5-2002-recall-airbag 12. 10. 2018

BMW X5 (2001 - 2002)

  1. 3. 2001 - 28. 2. 2002
The software of the airbag control device has been incorrectly programmed. As a consequence, simulta ...
     2,448
BMW-3-2008-recall-batery-cable 27. 7. 2018

BMW 3 Series (2006 - 2011)

  12. 9. 2006 - 20. 6. 2011
The plug connection for the positive battery cable may be defective. This could cause the vehicle el ...
     2,179

End of Electronic Sumary

Door Locks

BMW-X5-2014-recall 6. 6. 2014

BMW X5 (2013 - 2014)

  X. 2013 - III. 2014
The child safety lock mechanism on the rear doors may be unintentionally deactivated due to divergen ...
     436

End of Door Locks Sumary

Stabilization

End of Stabilization Sumary

Seat Belts

BMW-X7-2018-recall-seat-belts 22. 3. 2019

BMW X7 (2018 - 2019)

  20. 10. 2018 - 15. 12. 2018
The screw fitting used to attach the front left-hand seat and/or a safety belt may not have been tig ...
     530
BMW-X5-2018-recall-seat-belts 22. 3. 2019

BMW X5 (2018)

  20. 10. 2018 - 15. 12. 2018
The screw fitting used to attach the front left-hand seat and/or a safety belt may not have been tig ...
     172
bmw-5-2017-recall 16. 9. 2017

BMW 5 Series (2017)

  I. 2017 - IX. 2017
The front safety belts may have a faulty locking mechanism. The recall concerns vehicles 5 Series Li ...
     810
bmw-6-series-gran-turismo-2017-recall 16. 9. 2017

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (2017)

  I. 2017 - IX. 2017
The front safety belts may have a faulty locking mechanism. The recall concerns vehicles produced be ...
     907

End of Seat Belts Sumary

Fuel

End of Fuel Sumary

Seats

BMW-X7-2018-recall-seat-belts 22. 3. 2019

BMW X7 (2018 - 2019)

  20. 10. 2018 - 15. 12. 2018
The screw fitting used to attach the front left-hand seat and/or a safety belt may not have been tig ...
     530
BMW-X5-2018-recall-seat-belts 22. 3. 2019

BMW X5 (2018)

  20. 10. 2018 - 15. 12. 2018
The screw fitting used to attach the front left-hand seat and/or a safety belt may not have been tig ...
     172
bmw-serie-1-2017-recall 23. 2. 2018

BMW 1 Series (2017)

  26. 6. 2017 - 20. 7. 2017
The easy-entry system for the front seats with electric adjustment may have been incorrectly manufac ...
     1,900
bmw-m4-2017-recall 27. 8. 2017

BMW M4 (2017)

  VII. 2017
The bolt on the outside of the seat mechanism of both front seats may not have been properly secured ...
     564
bmw-4-cabrio-2017-recall 27. 8. 2017

BMW 4-series Cabrio (2017)

  VII. 2017
The bolt on the outside of the seat mechanism of both front seats may not have been properly secured ...
     663

End of Seats Sumary

Headlamps

End of Headlamps Sumary

Tyres

End of Tyres Sumary



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