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Reliability

We expect the 2022 2 Series to have about average reliability when compared to other new cars. This prediction is based on BMW's brand history and the previous generation of the 2 Series.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2018 BMW 2 Series has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 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 2018 BMW 2 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Directional light malfunction"

Anonymous, PR (2018 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"LED turn signals failed"

Anonymous, IA (2018 BMW 2 Series M2 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Repeated failure of turn signals. Taillight assembly replaced under warranty and then the replacements fail."

Anonymous, (2018 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turn signal malfunction- blinks very fast- the problem occurs intermittently"

Anonymous, (2018 BMW 2 Series M2 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I get an intermittent error indicating a rear turn signal malfunction. My research indicates this is a common issue, I have not had it repaired because of COVID"

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Adaptive headlight leaks. BMW calls this an acceptable situation. These are very expensive to replace - they are dodging the problem hoping they outlive the warranty."

Douglas B., FL (2018 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

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Ability to initiate phone calls from the car user interface is unreliable. Sometimes it works well and other times (usually after restarting the car) it gives error messages. The dealer blames my phone, although the problem remains through two different iPhones. If I place the call using the phone, everything works and the BMW system comes up. Just annoying."

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"The amplifier died. My BMW service manager said that this was a known problem in the M2 model, that BMW had issued a fix or it, and that now this fix has been installed in my M2."

C C., MA (2018 BMW 2 Series)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Sensor damaged by stone. No warrantee. $700 !!!! quoted by dealer. No way to turn off warning messages for this non-essential system."

G A., FL (2018 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Poor air flow or pressure into the cabin"

Anonymous, PR (2018 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 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

Electrical failure

"Related to the turn signal issue. There is some electrical issue with the car that has yet to be diagnosed. Also the Tire speed sensor failed at 22,000 miles."

Anonymous, (2018 BMW 2 Series 230i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Very low front clearance I hit high car stop I'm parking lot. Low clearance not viable design for daily use"

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Dashboard rattle took 3 visits to dealer to repair. Dealer service has gone downhill. Leased 5 cars 2000-pres. N"

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0-L 6 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

Convertible top

"Probably the most dangerous car that I have ever operated. The convertible top side curtain is too long making it impossible to see the right rear. This makes for an expanded right rear blind spot and almost impossible to safely back out of a parking spot as visualization of the right rear quadrant doesn't exist."

Anonymous, PA (2018 BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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 Cooling

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

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

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.

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Recalls
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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Jul 11, 2018
A vehicle stall can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW 540d xDrive vehicles. The crankshaft sensor may be equipped with incorrect firmware, preventing the sensor from properly processing input from the crankshaft reluctor ring, possibly resulting in a vehicle stall. On September 12, 2018, BMW expanded the recall to a total of 5,309 vehicles including certain 2018-2019 BMW 540d xDrive, 230i M240i, M240i xDrive, X2 sDrive28i, X2 xDrive28i, X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, 330i, 330i xDrive, 340i, 340i xDrive, 330i xDrive Gran Turismo, 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, 530e, 530e xDrive, 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, 330e, 2019 430i Gran Coupe, 430i xDrive Gran Coupe, 440i Gran Coupe, 440i xDrive Gran Coupe, 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive, 740i, 740i xDrive, MINI Cooper, Cooper S, JCW, MINI Countryman (Cooper, Cooper All4, Cooper S, Cooper S All4, JCW All4), and MINI Clubman (Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper All4, Cooper S All4, JCW All4) vehicles.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the crankshaft sensor, free of charge. The recall began September 6, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V465000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5309
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Nov 15, 2017
If the display does not illuminate during start up or does not illuminate various control and warning symbols while driving, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 230i, 230i xDrive, M240i, M240i xDrive, M2, and X3 xDrive 30i SAV vehicles. These vehicles may have an error in the software for the instrument panel, causing the display to not properly illuminate. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 101, "Control and Displays."
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster display software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V719000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3188
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