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Anachronisms 

During the cliff-side party, the song It Takes Two by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock was playing. This song was released on August 2, 1988, one year after the movie's setting.
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In wide shots of the Golden Gate Bridge with downtown San Francisco in the background, the skyline-dominating Salesforce Tower can clearly be seen. This building did not break ground until 2013, over twenty years after this movie takes place.
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When testing Bee's new radio/tape deck, Charlie briefly plays a tape of "Never Gonna Give You Up"; although the song is from 1987, the year of the film's setting, it did not release in the United States until early 1988.
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While Charlie's mom is driving Bumblebee, she freaks out when Charlie pulls up next to the driver's window in her moped and says that she was afraid she was being carjacked. The term carjacking was not used in 1987. Per Wikipedia: The word is a portmanteau of car and hijacking. The term was coined by EJ Mitchell, an editor with The Detroit News. The News first used the term in a 1991 report on the murder of Ruth Wahl, a 22-year-old Detroit drugstore cashier who was killed when she would not surrender her Suzuki Sidekick.
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Towards the end of the movie, Shatter enables a hologram of the International Space Station from her wrist. The movie is set in 1987; the ISS was not launched until 1998.
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At the end of the film, the Golden Gate Bridge is shown with a movable (zipper) barrier running between the lanes. This barrier was not installed until 2015, well after the year the movie is set in.
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In one sequence, Bumblebee is seen crushing a can of Tab Cola with his fingers. The can however is of modern vintage, as shown by the can's shape (with the tapers, as opposed to the more purely cylindrical can of 1987) and the calorie count mark on the label (which was added sometime after 2010)
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In the scene where Charlie and Memo go to the big cliff-side party, at one point Memo says the phrase "What's your damage?" to one of the bully girls. This phrase was popularized by the movie Heathers, which came out in 1988, the year after Bumblebee is set.
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Character error 

Dr. Powell remarks that the Decepticon modifications to the Sector Seven computers have created an "interconnected web of information," implying that the technology behind the Internet originated from the Decepticons. However, the idea of an interconnected network of computers for communications and data transfer had been developing for decades prior to the film's setting of 1987, and the term "Internet" first appeared in the mid-1970s.
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Continuity 

In Transformers: the Last Knight, Bumblebee was said to have played a role in World War 2, however in this movie, he only arrived to Earth in 1987.
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Optimus knowingly sends Bumblebee to Earth, knowing that its survival is crucial to theirs. In the original film, nobody pays Earth any mind until they realize the Allspark is there.
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During the mid-credits scene, Bumblebee meets with Optimus Prime and they witness other Autobots arriving on Earth. In the original film, none of the other Autobots arrive until 2007, two decades after the events of this film.
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Bumblebee's tire pattern changes a few times throughout the movie.
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At the very end, as Bumblebee is seen from the front, driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, his headlights are on. When seen from the back, the taillights are not on - either they're on or off, but not both.
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Factual errors 

Before Charlie finds out Bumblebee is a robot she uses a creeper to look underneath him. There is nowhere near enough clearance under a Beetle to do this without first putting it up on jacks or ramps.
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When Bumblebee plugs into the wall socket, he plugs into the ground line. This should have had no effect.
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Agent Burns is shown with the rank insignia on his shoulders (05) that do not match his collar devices (06).
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Miscellaneous 

Charlie starts playing the first track (of a vinyl record) on Sam Cooke's album Sam's Songs, which ought to have been "Little Things You Do" rather than "Unchained Melody". "Unchained Melody" (the song heard in the film) doesn't even appear on the album, being the last track on side A of Cooke's earlier release "Hits of the '50s."
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the original movie continuity, Bumblebee is said to have had his voice damaged in a battle with Megatron and Ratchet had been trying to fix it. In this movie his voice box is ripped out by Blitzwing. However, the 2007 movie itself never establishes that it was Megatron who took Bumblebee's voice, only the tie-in comics which already have been contradicted by the other movies in many ways. As this is the only movie that in fact shows how Bumblebee lost his voice, it should be taken as canon over any previous statement, even if it is a retcon.
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