The Most Complained About BMW SUVs

In order to keep up with the growing demand brought on by the crossover craze, BMW has a lineup of luxury SUVs on the market. The BMW SUVs have been a success for the luxury brand, and continue to improve and innovate as new model years release. Models like the BMW X3, BMW X5, and BMW X7 have grown in popularity over the past years. However, not every consumer has had a great experience with their BMW X Series SUV. These are the most complained about BMW SUVs.

Most of the BMW X Series has very few complaints filed on In fact, all of them except two models have under 20 complaints overall. As a brand, BMW doesn’t have many complaints filed, which is noteworthy. Still, the following have the most complaints on file out of all of the BMW SUVs on the list.

The BMW X3

With 86 complaints reported on, the BMW X3 crossover SUV is the second on the list for most complained about BMW SUVs. Car and Driver calls the X3 crossover SUV one of their favorites in its class. Which is actually saying quite a lot, considering the sheer volume of SUVs and crossovers offered on the market these days. It’s an extremely dense and popular segment.

Gray 2020 BMW X3 M Competition crossover parked on a racetrack.
2020 BMW X3 M Competition | BMW

The worst model year for the BMW X3 crossover SUV is 2013. This model year experiences engine problems. Additionally, the 2013 model year for this BMW crossover is the one with the most complaints reported in total. In fact, the most reported problem for the BMW X3 is also about the 2013 model year. The most reported issue for the 2013 X3 is that the engine stalls or shuts down while driving––not a fun problem to deal with.

The worst problem for this BMW crossover model is posted as a “broken timing belt” in the 2013 model year. This issue costs up to $6,800 to repair. Another of the BMW X3 crossover SUV’s worst problems is a faulty sunroof on the 2006 model costing around $4,000 to fix. In addition, the 2004 model year experiences transmission failure, which can cost about $3,500 to repair. All these problems are the reason the BMW X3 is second among the most complained about BMW SUVs.

The BMW X5

The BMW X5 tops the list of most complained about BMW SUVs. On, the X5 has 125 reported complaints. In fact, this makes the BMW X5 the most complained about BMW model of them all. This model deals with engine problems, too. Especially in the 2011 model year, which is posted as the BMW X5 crossover SUV’s worst model year.

BMW X5 parked under a modern home roof

The 2011 BMW X5 Crossover SUV is also the year with the most complaints filed. Additionally, the 2011 model year claims the most reported problem overall. This is about the 2011 engine which stalls while driving. There seems to be a bit of a pattern. While there aren’t many complaints about these BMW SUVs, the complaints about these models do seem pretty bothersome.

The worst problem for the BMW X5 crossover SUV is posted as this stalling engine in the 2011 model year. Then we see the issue of water leaking into the interior on the 2008 X5. The third worst problem overall is transmission malfunction in the year 2013 X5. These problems all over under 70,000 miles. Plus, they cost $7,000, $10,000, and $5,500 respectively for repairs.

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While the sheer number of complaints isn’t vast, these are the two most complained about BMW SUVs. They each have problems with the engine and, when you do have issues, it doesn’t like it’s inexpensive to repair the issues. Still, they aren’t bad vehicles in general, and consumers are generally happy with the plush interior and athletic performance of a luxury SUV from BMW.