BMW vs Mercedes Reliability

hey guys who rules the roost for
reliability is that Mercedes is a BMW let’s talk you’re at the local car show
and you’re wondering I’m gonna go check out some great brand new German made
sedans and coupes I’m not sure you know what I’m buying I’m looking at Audi BMW
Mercedes Porsche VW checking them all out but today I’m really kind of focused
in on the BMWs and Mercedes what are you looking at for reliability because that
is in fact one of the main priorities and of course today I’m gonna share with
you guys which one between Benz and BMW is the most reliable now I dipped into
resources I’ve done a lot of research and resources such as AM online and
repair pal tell me a lot of what I need to know and so a lot of these ratings
are going to expose the most reliable between Benz and Beamer so let’s get
rolling into this so in the first five to six years first of all all cars are
very much the same whether you’re driving a Bentley or a BMW or a Ferrari
or whatever you’re driving these cars are all pretty typical in the first five
years and that’s no different between Benz and BMW and Audi of course they’re
very comparable in terms of reliability not Lots goes on because to be out quite
frank a lot of these parts are engineered to last for five six years
but then after five years after six years that’s when the parts mortality
starts to kick in that’s when what you find is a lot of
the engineering lifespan of parts in a lot of these cars like Benz and BMW are
starting to expire so it’s from that six years to twelve year time frame that
you’re going to find where you’re gonna see a lot of the big expenses what a
coincidence warranty’s expired now you’re into the big repairs of course
and of course you know what’s what’s the magic number with the 12 years well
historically 10 to 12 years is where people start really giving it down and
to be honest with you that’s when they start letting things slide you see an
engine light if the car is running you let it go nobody really cares at that
point but somewhere between that five-year and ten-year window is when
people still care and they’re trying to keep the car running they’re trying to
extend the life span and that’s unfortunately when the engineering
lifespan of a lot of these parts in these cars start to fail now since we’re
talking about BMW and Benz in that five to six year time onward the majority of
the failures start happening in a BMW BMW has historically seen a little bit
more frequency of failures than Benz does within that six year and on six to
ten years timeframe BMW starts to fail and a lot of the failures are related to
suspension bushings suspension parts in general of course cooling systems where
they start to deteriorate because we all know that there’s plastic tee stats and
plastic Rad’s and plastic water pumps and these parts start to crumble and
start to fail and you wind up with a leak so lots of failures starting
hitting BMWs after about six years where a band starts to see failures but it’s
just BMW starts to see a little bit increased frequency now like everything
generally speaking with all the additional new electronics and
technology and performance enhancements that you see in cars today you would
expect a dramatic increase in failures but in reality most cars nowadays are
getting better in terms of reliability versus the technology levels that are
actually in the cars they learn from their mistakes but you
know historically there have been a lot of really bad engineering mistakes and
designs that have left to premature failures for example in the benz world
leaky and loose power steering systems that allowed the car to sort of wander
and sway even though you’re driving down the road it’s hard to keep a straight
line vacuum door actuators that fail either locking the passenger in or
locking the person out from getting inside the car doesn’t release single
roll and if you can believe it single row timing chain installations all for
the sake of saving money single row timing chains that were historically
known to fail in certain entry level engines and as well a more recent issue
with sudden acceleration to the point where it’s out of control and the car
almost gets away from the driver creating a very hazardous experience
that’s another one with a Benz all examples in mercy
these were some bad engineering took over then we talk about BMW bad designs
historically the s65 SAT five engines with the extremely tight rod bearing
tolerances that led to premature rod bearing failures failing cooling systems
because all the parts made of plastic eventually led to them crumbling and
failing and leaking possibly resulting even further in overheated engines and
warped heads because of aluminum heads and certain bad designs like the n47 the
turbo diesel inline four-cylinder engine that BMW created that had timing chain
failures way prematurely and it would essentially wind up with a catastrophic
failure so no question both BMW and Benz have historically had
problem areas issues poor design engineering problems as well as quality
control in general so fortunately there’s a lot of people out there and a
lot of resources and I like to use a resource called repair pal which is sort
of an independent group that likes to collect statistics and share them with
the public for the sake of transparency and sharing knowledge and wisdom with
the public like you guys to help you make wise decisions on cars now repair
pal digs in traditionally from cars from about 2010 to 2017 so it gives you a
pretty good idea of relatively late model cars and the failures that you see
and what’s the rate of repair for these vehicles so we’ll dig into the repair
pal statistics and we’ll compare BMW to Mercedes now not only will we share you
the statistics such as rate of failures the cost of failures the average
ownership costs per year as well as the overall frequency and the ultimate
rating of each vehicle we’ll share all that information with you for each
vehicle but we’re also going to summarize at the end how good and how
bad these two different vehicle brands really are so of these statistics they
compare the national average for the average vehicle now the BMW for example
on the average cost you annually about 1081 dollars us one outage for you know
combining all the different vehicle types models you’re essentially looking
at about a thousand eighty one dollars per year of ownership costs for your
average BMW between 2010 and 2017 compare that with 631 dollars
for the average vehicle the average consumer lightweight vehicle that you
would buy today so as you can see it’s virtually double what a normal vehicle a
typical vehicle might cost now in terms of the frequency so BMW is ranked at 1.4
times per year for an unexpected unscheduled failure versus the national
average and vehicle industry average of 0.4 times per year so less than half so
every other vehicle in industry would have one unscheduled failure during the
year whereas BMW is one and a half so there’s substantially higher failure
rate with BMWs and then we talk about the severity or how major those repairs
are and of the BMW significance in terms of repairs 14% are considered major
failures in the BMW world while 11% is the industry standard so again not
dramatically different although you know large costs associate with BMW repairs
are higher than most vehicles so as a result the BMWs as a summary from 2010
to 2017 rated by repair pal an independent group not associated with
any particular brand rates the average BMW at 2 out of 5 which puts them below
average in terms of overall reliability and cost of maintenance however if you
want to buy a BMW but you want to focus on something reliable there are a
handful of cars that are recommended 328 the 128 the z4 528 and the x1 and with
the x1 I would say stay away from the 35 series stick with the 28 series again
you see the theme those are the more reliable versions of those vehicles so
then we’ll talk about the Mercedes statistics based on repair pal and the
average Mercedes costs per year is one thousand one hundred and fifty eight
dollars us three year for maintenance and more or less servicing costs per
year again versus the six hundred thirty one dollar industry average and versus
the thousand eighty one for BMW now you’ll see that’s interesting because
the Mercedes on average is a little bit more than the average BMW overall for a
particular year for servicing but that’s not the only
indicator here so let’s talk more about this and why those aren’t the only
indicators is because only one point zero unexpected visits to the shop buy a
Mercedes owner is the current rating versus the one point four four BMW and
the zero point four four industry standard
so you’ll notice even though the costs per visit might be a little bit higher
with a Benz you’re visiting the dealer less often so which essentially makes
that more reliable less unexpected breakdowns and then the other rating of
course being the severity or how major that failure is well the Mercedes has a
rating of about twelve percent of their failures are of significant or major
failure rates and of course while again BMW at fourteen percent an industry
standard being around eleven percent you’ll notice Mercedes is very close to
the average so they’re actually a higher rating in terms of overall reliability
and how robust they are so in the final rating for Mercedes is actually a three
out of five based on yourself which puts it at average which happens to be better
significantly better than BMW for reliability and overall durability now
you want to understand where some of the more reliable Mercedes cars can be found
how about a c 300 C 350 a C 250 glk350 as well as the III 50 you’ll notice the
350 series again a consistent theme there’s certain drive trains in the
Mercedes world that are consistently more reliable just as there are in the
BMW world at 28 I here we’ve got the 350 s in the Benz so at the end of the day
as a summary both these cars are very well built and both manufacturers take
great pride and great strides to improve their cars reliability over the years
and the generations they also both take great pride in new technology being the
latest and the greatest in terms of introducing new things to the industry
they’re both great vehicles to drive in general Benz and BMW a lot of great
options on both sides of the fence that being said if you’re looking for
Strictly durability or reliability Mercedes currently owns the
they’re wearing the crown for most reliable German car and that includes
the Audi’s which we featured before because the BMWs are slightly better
than outie but Benz is better than BMW in terms of
overall reliability in the last 10 years so thanks again everybody and as always
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