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Q: What does BMW mean?

A: It stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke. In English, that translates to Bavarian Motor Works.

Q: Who is BMW owned by?

A: BMW is its own German multinational company. The official registered operating name is Bayerische Motoren Werke Auto Group.

Q: Does BMW make their own engines?

A: Yes, BMW produces its own engines. They are produced at a plant in Munich, Germany. 

Q: What brands does BMW own?

A: Several brands exist under the umbrella of the BMW Group. For example: BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad (motorcycles).

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BMW reliability rating (by RepairPal)

RepairPal gave BMW an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks BMW 30th out of 32 among all car brands. This rating is based on an average across all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on all BMW models is $765, compared to an average of $543 across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset. This includes both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, BMW owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.7 times per year, compared to an average of 1.2 times across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 15% across all BMW models, compared to an average of 11% for all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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