Reliability of the BMW 5 Series

The ADAC breakdown statistics determine which BMW models are the most reliable and which have broken down most – a good help when buying a used BMW 5 Series.

In the statistics for 2021, all the breakdowns for which the German Yellow Angels had to move out in 2020 were recorded and evaluated. There is enough data available that gives an objective picture of the reliability of the BMW 5 Series.

BMW 5 Series Reliability

Breakdowns in the 2020 calendar year

EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017 EZ 2018
18,2 15,3 10,4 7,0 5,7 3,7 1,5 0,9

Breakdowns in the 2019 calendar year

EZ 2010 EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017
25,1 18 12,7 10,1 6,5 4,8 1,7 1

Legend: Number of breakdowns per 1,000 vehicles registered (= breakdown index) by year of first registration (EZ)

Common Breakdowns

  • Pulley (crankshaft) (2010)

Source: ADAC

owner  BMW 5-Series owners’ reviews

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

Check the vehicle’s history

See the Reliability of other Makes


Recent 5 Series Recalls

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08. 05. 2021

The ignition unit of the head airbag may separate from the inflator and enter the vehicle’s interior when the airbag is … .

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07. 12. 2020

A short circuit in the high-voltage battery could occur during initial charging due to a particle in the form of a … .

BMW-5-2019-recall-counterbalance-shaft
10. 01. 2020

The press-in force of the counterbalance shaft’s bearing shells may not have met the specifications, which could cause the counterbalance shaft … .

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