Many BMW purists are lamenting the, well, softening of the automaker's "Ultimate Driving Machine" edict in favor of more comfort, luxury, and technology in recent models. In most cases, we feel the automaker has achieved a good balance between performance and livability, but, yes, certain models are missing that razor-sharp handling edge we'd grown to expect.

Reliability

We expect the 2021 2 Series will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2018 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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Overall Reliability Verdict
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 BMW 2 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Bad water hose"

Anonymous, (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It's a convertible so you expect some wind noise- I have had previous convertibles. There is an annoying, loud rushing wind sound from one spot (passenger, rear) and the service manager refused to agree it was not normal"

Joel S., GA (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The coolant is gone completely after 1 year refilling(pretty much between 2 maintenance window) It suppose to be a closed loop system so it must gone to somewhere it shouldn't be. Not really a big deal but I'm afraid it can go worse in the future."

Anonymous, WA (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seals on the passenger door were not properly fastened and were repaired."

Anonymous, IL (2017 BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaking coming from the dash behind the steering wheel"

Anonymous, CA (2017 BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"small rattle in the passenger side dashboard"

Anonymous, GA (2017 BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"repaired with the seal"

Anonymous, IL (2017 BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"I have taken my car to the dealer on two occasions to "fix" a problem: the A/C is not working. I have had temporary fixes, but for the third time in a year, the A/C is not operating as it should. The first two times, the A/C just shut down. Now, it is not cooling, although it is not blowing hot air. I will take to Dealer sometime this week."

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC not cooling, dealer checked and freon low. Charged, could not find any leaks. works good now"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"Sometimes it just doesn't work. The car can't seem to connect."

Anonymous, (2017 BMW 2 Series 240i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Samsung designed the drive system for BMW and either purposely or not, the system does not work with Apple. Either with bluetooth or wired, the phone will not play music until you've driven for ten minutes. If you unwire and go bluetooth, it's worse. If you don't use bluetooth you can't use the in dash phone connection"

Joel S., GA (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"The front differential developed a major oil leak."

Anonymous, (2017 BMW 2 Series 240i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Stability control (ESC)

"One time ESC was trying to involve when I was driving on a dry and straight road. It was constantly applying brakes so make the car slow down and shifting left and right, and eventually stopped. I though I blow a tire but actually all tires are fine. there were strong burning smell from all break pads"

Anonymous, WA (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Shortly after purchasing the BMW, the right front shock began to leak. There was a crack in the shock tube housing."

Anonymous, KY (2017 BMW 2 Series 240i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"The run flat tires kept getting bubbles and had to be replaced causing over $3000 in replacement costs over 15 months. Switched to regular tires and didn't have any more problems other than not having a spare. Sued BMW and won in court."

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat belts

"The driver seatbelt was assembled with a half twist where it bolts to the floor, this causes it to jam when it retracts. I deal with it and had a mechanic confirm my observation, but it is irritating."

Anonymous, CA (2017 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
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