BMW Among 3 Most Reliable Models in First User Reports | So Good News


The unreliable reliability of German cars—despite their supposed engineering excellence—is no surprise in enthusiast circles; it’s the way things are. It may come as no surprise then that BMW was ranked as one of the 3 most reliable brands by Consumer Reports. It jumped 10 places on the 2022 list of companies to achieve this position. Wow.

This is the first time BMW has been ranked highest in Consumer Reports’ reliability survey. The most reliable brands are usually Japanese brands. Remember that these results are self-reported by the owner and not objectively measured by another person.

BMW earned its No. 3 ranking on the CR list for consistent or above reliability levels for most of its products. In particular, the 3 and 4 Series were known to have “above” reliability. Other vehicles in the automaker’s lineup including the X3, X5, X7, and 5 Series are all about the same. They were ranked lower than the 3 and 4 Series because owner reports of electrical problems and fiddly user interfaces.


Another German brand, Mercedes-Benz, came last (24th) in the CR rankings for the first time. The manual says this is due to “vehicle electrical problems such as freezing or idling.” It also says that sometimes this is so severe that physical devices have to be changed to fix it.

Some results of CR research are controversial. The most complex vehicles on the road from a drivetrain perspective are conventional hybrids and plug-in hybrids. These cars have an internal combustion engine and an electric drive. The owners say they are very reliable despite this. On the other hand, most of the new electric cars had a reliable record. CR reported that, “of the 11 EV models for which CR has sufficient data, only four are reliable or reliable.”

So if you’re looking for a reliable car, low opinion says you should buy… a BMW plug-in hybrid. Of course, this is not the whole story but it is a funny result nonetheless. I think the Bavarians know what their German rivals in Stuttgart don’t.

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