The BMW 3 Series is an excellent car that boasts high quality, attention to detail and a long list of high-tech features. Sure, it's a bit less engaging to drive than it used to be, with less tactile steering. But the car is agile, steady and well balanced, even when pushed hard. It also still delivers a very satisfying and balanced overall driving experience.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001.
Road Test

The BMW 3 Series is an excellent car that boasts high quality, attention to detail and a long list of high-tech features. Sure, it's a bit less engaging to drive than it used to be, with less tactile steering. But the car is agile, steady and well balanced, even when pushed hard. It also still delivers a very satisfying and balanced overall driving experience.

Ride comfort, cabin quietness and interior fit and finish are all impressive. The rear seat has gained a little breathing room over the years, but it's still tight and some controls remain needlessly complicated.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
convertible
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (180 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 hybrid (335 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (230 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (320 hp)
  • 4-liter V8 (414 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"problem with keyless entry sensor in doorknob"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Blind spot indicator showed car in blind spot when no car was present intermittently on the drivers side"

Ronald K., TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front camera tied to automatic emergency braking stopped working. Fixed on warranty by replacement in less than a week"

Anonymous, BC (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Screen went blank, turned car off for 20 minutes, then turned on and worked normally. Happened several times. Dealership repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"On occasion (once every 6-9 months) the IDrive system will randomly reboot while in use. This reboot disrupts all radio functions. When reboot is complete, radio returns with original settings"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The navigation display screen went blank and had to be replaced. Also, the entire navigation software and data (maps) had to be reloaded. It was replaced under warranty, which expired about a month later"

Barry R., NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 335is Unsure)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Defective port where iPhone connects to the vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When using a USB thumb drive, it will almost always play the music, but frequently jumps to a different menu option instead of showing the music. Will also just turn off on its own sometimes. BMW says it was designed that way and cannot be repaired"

Murray F., WI (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had problem listening to my music"

Anonymous, OK (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The system has bugs that you sometimes can't use the controls for music n your smartphone"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Music apps (Spotify, Pandora, Tunein) no longer work when plugged into the USB console port. This has been going on for over a year. I contacted Apple and their suggestions didn't fix the problem. I've tried a different USB cable, I've mentioned the problem to BMW (while it was still under warranty) and they never really attempted to fix it. I now believe it's because the USB port in the center console is damaged. I now remember pulling the cable out "roughly" and at a bad angle before"

Barry R., NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 335is Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Difficult to use. Search feature for addresses asks questions that are often impossible to answer. For example if you put in a specific address in a large city, it will ask if the address is located in one of four or five zip codes. How could you p"

Dennis S., TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The system is terrible. Maps are out of date and error filled. Use is complicated and very time consuming and not at all user friendly. I use my Iphone exclusively to navigate!"

Mel T., SD (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"totally useless, tells me to get back on the highway when I am driving on the highway, frequently takes me to the wrong location, stopped using this now"

Leslie S., ON (2013 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

"Nav update crashed the GPS. Brought to dealer. Had to replace CIC under warranty. 5 days"

Anonymous, MD (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Vehicle reportedly requires an updated Comm-box for GPS services, etc. that were originally part of the safety and navigation system package, a big selling point on the car. Presently, the GPS and BMW emergency contact systems will not work without this added cost and installation, although the system previously functioned"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"It is the worst navigation system- it does not show traffic when you are sitting in it.BMW can't fix it. Interestingly the tech told me he uses his smartphone rather than the car navigation!"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car location, as shown, was incorrect. Speech recognition, although advertised, was minimal"

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Blue tooth cuts out from iPhone 5. Have repeatedly brought in for service. They cannot help us and say there is a software problem they "should" have a fix for soon. They did upon our insistence give us a rebate from the dealership for the cost of Bl"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Difficulty staying paired"

Raymond C., ME (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It's completely unpredictable and does have a consistent way in which to make the pairing work consistently"

David Z., WI (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Does not work well with my Note 4 or S4 phones. BMW did replace anything that may cause the problem - seems to be certain apps on the phone (AT&T) prevent it from staying connected - phones work fine in newer models. BMW service was excellent in fi"

Anonymous, AK (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Tried to pair 2 phones. 1 phone paired. 2nd phone would not pair"

Anonymous, IL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Experiencing continuing difficulty in phone-pairing and accessing stored phone numbers and selecting music stored on I-Phone 6"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)
Radio

"It's all the same system, works erratically. I've had it at times switch from phone to radio with nothing being changed by me"

David Z., WI (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio would go black for a day or two, and then restart"

D H., CT (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Radio simply shuts off from time to time. Also volume goes to zero"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Software issue"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent infotainment system reboots disrupt radio listening. This is occasional (once every 6-9 months)"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"very poor sensing of speech commands"

Leslie S., ON (2013 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

"Airbag recall that's a part of the big airbag recall. I believe it's Tecada or something like that"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

"Replacement part was not available from BMW for three weeks which I think is unacceptable"

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water enters the trunk during normal usage due to inadequate sealing of the trunk - causes electrical problems as the battery and associated cables are in the rear of the vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

"stopped working, fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The fuel gage would not show correct it would start to go down and then go back to full"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"speedometer reads 5% slower than actual speed"

Michael M., WI (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"temp display stopped working"

Pierre G., ON (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the temperature reading seems to sometimes take 15 minutes to get to the correct value"

Anonymous, MD (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The parking light on the passenger side burnt out"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Headlights designed by the prince of darkness"

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I get warnings of a failure with the parking lamp but the bulb is not actually burned out, and yet is not lit. Dealer had wiring checked and bulb is lit again"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Parking light failure"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warning light on mirror does not function"

Anonymous, GA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Parking lights on and off. Sometimes work sometimes not"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear lights popped out of the socket and the dealership said they have seen it before"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"The driver 3-speed heated seat only had one level regardless of what I selected - Very Hot. It didn't take too long to cause a burning smell and the heater and portion of the seat was replaced"

Murray F., WI (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The horns allow water to enter and when it freezes worn no longer works. My originals were replaced after three years under warranty, my replacements froze last winter but still work. I'm not sure they'll work next spring"

Phillip W., MI (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"The trunk is supposed to open when you wave your foot under the trunk while holding the key fob. It hardly ever works and it has been in service several times to be fixed. It works once or twice and then fails again. the service writer tells me th"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The passenger door handle stopped locking and unlocking when touched"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"stopped working"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"the check engine light kept coming on"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Antifreeze warning light always on and antifreeze level drops consistently"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The warning light for the parking light comes on each time the car is started"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Convertible roof leaked a few drops a minute at the seam with the windshield. Dealer realigned top and replaced seal to correct the problem"

Robert M., CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The air leak was due to the 2 front winter tires. I paid re-mount the tires onto the rims. After that , it's O.K"

Andy F., ON (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The coolant level light illuminated on the dash. Upon inspection the repair facility told me it was very common for bmw's to crack near the plastic coolant reservoir"

John W., TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Air and road noise leak coming from cracked seal in sealing sliding glass window"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"weather stripping loose in sunroof"

Michelle Y., NJ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle of drivers side door lock pin"

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had two significant rattles. BMW fixed them both. In one case the dome light had not been properly attached to the headliner. In general, assembly of this car was poor"

Stephen S., KY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"multiple squeaks and rattles throughout the dash and passenger cabin. very distracting and disappointing in an otherwise very good car"

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeak from rear suspension, rattles from sunroof, popping and rattling from dashboard"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"loose bolt in transmission rattling around center console. stuttering in reverse. airplane sound upon excelleration"

Michelle Y., NJ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"big noise when you back up"

Anonymous, SK (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"dashboard middle console rattled while driving"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"minor door air leaks. a couple of caps were missing when the car was picked up. Crack in visor mirror from purchase. all were fixed"

Richard R., CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Noise in right front dash air conditioning vent"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"excessive wind noise from the doors (near the A pillar) and near the moonroof"

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Opening windows in highway is not practical specially when listening to audio due to high noise"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"wind noise is horrible after 50 mph"

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"I have previously e-mailed Consumers about my brake problem on 2 different occasions.Brakes failed after a car wash"

Gerard L., QC (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Master cylinder

"warranty recall re brakes"

Anonymous, DC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Vibration while braking. All rotors and brake pads were replaced because of this. The repairs were done under warranty"

Jonathan W., MI (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sensor went off at around 22k miles that our brake pads had 10 miles left on them. Turned out to be a sensor error, they had to update the onboard computer"

Matt R., IL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"total brake job after less than 50,000. This is our 3rd BMW and it was NOT driven any harder than the other ones"

Pierre G., ON (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes required replacement of pads and rotors at 19,000 km"

Anonymous, NL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace front brakes at about 45000 miles"

Linda V., PA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was not premature....it was because the rear brakes pads needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced rear brakes under warranty......worn out too soon"

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Regular brake failure

"The car lost its brakes completely and we had to stop the car with the hand brake. After pumping the brake pedal the brakes worked again and the dealer said they could not find the problem but they replace much of the brake system"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is squeaking noise whenever the car is approaching standstill (zero speed) when I apply the brake. The loudest noise happens in winter when temperature is below 0 Deg. C. The noise can still be heard when the temperature reaches 23 Deg. C in sp"

Andy F., ON (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes squeal during creeping speeds after the car sits for several hours in cold weather. This occurred right from new, but the dealer claimed the brakes need to be broken in. After 40k kilometers they agree then need to be serviced"

Anonymous, SK (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Load squeaking of breaks for a couple minutes after cold-starting car, especially in wet conditions"

Steven Z., WA (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Significant squealing and grabbing. Dealer replaced the sensors and the brake pads in the rear"

Anonymous, OR (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Computer said ck engine. I had it checked but was not told what was wrong with it"

Anonymous, ME (2013 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"Had a warning that there was a problem with the engine and the power was reduced (the turbo was disabled). Dealership performed a software update to fix the problem"

Todd W., CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"BMW stated it was the electronic fuel module"

Rodney B., VA (2013 BMW 3 Series Hybrid 3.0-L 6 Cyl hybrid)

"Three times, the engine shut down due to defective sensors. Working with BMW to replace vehicle"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warning lights inconsistent"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Eccentric sensor on the camshaft failed"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Occasionally, the "drivetrain malfuntion" warning comes on, the engine runs rough. Shutting the engine off and restarting clears the fault. The dealer acknowledges the event in the computer memory but cannot find the root cause"

Anonymous, NM (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"stalling at stops"

W D., BC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Engine oil leak, required 3 times to the dealer to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had 3 different oil leaks in 57000 miles"

M- M M., IN (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"There was an oil leak and the burning of oil vaused by some part that connects to the turbo charger"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Small leak of oil. Some sort of gasket failure"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Broken oil gasket"

Anonymous, SC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Had several warning indicator lights for drive train. Some false alarms and dealer could not explain why. Two cases where the car lost almost all power - could go slow on flat road but could not pull at all. After parking at work, car ran fine goin"

Jerry S., VA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

"The electronic engine control system failed and caused one cylinder to misfire. This happened twice and has yet to be fully corrected"

Anonymous, NM (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Related to drive train vibration"

Anonymous, NM (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

""drivetrain malfunction" warning twice, the second time required the computer to be reprogrammed to clear the fault"

Frank K., TN (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"VTG CONTROL UNIT failed, required replacement - warranty repair"

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Transmission locked up and car towed to dealership 70 miles away. No loaner available, so repaired at no cost but had to pay for 3 days rental"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)
4WD/AWD components

"The AWD does not work in bad weather, especially snow. I brought the car in but the BMW dealership can't find the problem. They told me to come in again next time it snows. That will be next winter"

Anonymous, NM (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Traction control

"may be linked to the drive train issue. Dealer unable to explain what the problem is"

Jerry S., VA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failed and replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Differential

"The differential was making some noise. The BMW Dealer told us that a TIB had been issued by BMW and that they would install a new Differential free of charge. That was great news, but it still meant that we were without our car for 2 - days. Fortunately, they provided a loaner free of cost"

Anonymous, IL (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine made funny noise when about 6 week old. Took to dealership, they diagnosed a "major" issue (i don't remember details) The got with Corporate BMW and secured replacement engine under warranty. They supplied loaner the entire time. Was treat"

Tom G., TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"We somehow had a small hair fracture in our intercooler and we began leaking fluid. By the time the check engine light came on it had done irreparable damage to the engine, prompting an entire engine replacement only partially covered by insurance"

Matt R., IL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"during routine maintenance at dealer, they felt the timing chain needed replacement. I was unaware of any problem"

Lynn P., NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cylinder head

"One of the cylinders (6-cyl engine) failed and was replaced"

Donna L., FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Recall of the oil cooler for the turbo. Two days to repair/replace"

Anonymous, OR (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"recall fixed under warranty plus fuel injectors replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a puff f blue exhaust smoke once and since I was at the end of the warranty period, I toke it in. They changed the turbo charger, water pump (no explanation ) and a control modual because of corrosion on some terminals"

Alastair L., ON (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the turbo failed at about 90,000 miles. But for BMW picking up half of the cost, it would have been $4500 to repair. As is, it was about $2500 to repair"

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

"Failure of the compressor which required replacement"

Thomas T., AZ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I cannot control the a/c and cannot turn it off under certain conditions. If it is in the 50s or 60s and somewhat humid it forces the air on and is far too cold in the car"

Murray F., WI (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Air conditioner froze on trip of 5 1/2 hours requiring a computer reprogramming. Computer bugs were many during first 50,000 miles"

Anonymous, AR (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Made a roaring sound, caused by leaves sucked into blower motor fan. The cleaned it out and put a new cabin filter and new cage to prevent leaves from entering system"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"A hose leading to the evaporator became disconnected causing all moisture condensation to be dumped into the drivers and passengers foot wells. Took two tries to get corrected"

Robert T., NL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Foul odor that would not go away., evaporator was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"System lost charge and did not cool"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There was a leak from the seals that caused the AC to only operate on one side of the car"

Alville A., MA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 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

Alignment

"Alignment not right. Car drifts to the right. The dealer cannot align"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Handling didn't feel right when new. Asked dealer to align under warranty. They said they did, but no change and no before/after printout, so it was not done. At 11,000 miles uneven tire wear. Then discovered car had incorrect tires from factory"

Karl A., OH (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Asked for an alignment and was told they're not sure what's wrong but they can't get it within specs"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"rear shocks jammed , or froze at low temperatures. changed under warranty"

Michael S., QC (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Was on its 3rd set of front struts. Adaptive suspension option was on the car"

M- M M., IN (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"There is a grinding in steering getting worse must take to repair shop"

Karen G., NV (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl hybrid)
Tie rods

"The first time I took the vehicle in for service they discovered that the tie rod bolts were missing"

John W., TX (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

"The catylitic converter failed as a result of the failure of the fuel injector"

Anonymous, NS (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"One fuel injector not functioning"

Peter H., MI (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failure of one fuel injector"

Anonymous, NS (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump suddenly and completely failed in heavy traffic"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump in tank malfunctioned. Had to drive at minimal speed to dealership to get pump replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"only noticed it on start from a stand still mostly, it hesitated. Was fix, and a known issue, no problems since. I was told when I took it in at that time (about 8000 miles) that there were several recalls, I think I have the details on those recal"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warning light came on, the sensor was replaced as was faulty"

Anonymous, DC (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 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

"Rubber mouldings were not thick enough and always got turned over and prevented proper seal"

Tasso K., QC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Great tai light tabs broke so the tail light popped slightly out of its place. They replaced it but it shows further evidence of poor assembly. Car was assembled in South Africa"

Stephen S., KY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"2 reflectors came unglued"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"piece on fender came off. piece on bumper came off"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint tarnishes easily. Bird poop eats into color and leaves stains"

Richard F., NY (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Not sure if antifreeze but warranty covered "Coolant reservoir electrical connector leaking...add on line level sensor coolant leaking." Result was replacement of expansion tank and electrical connector"

Ken W., CA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"Engine light came on"

Tracy K., CO (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"I don't know why it was changed, there was no noise or leak I was aware of"

Alastair L., ON (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Gasket around top of left rear door came off and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger door handle comfort access failed"

L L., FL (2013 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"switch failure. needed a new switch to move window"

Anonymous, VA (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Sudden acceleration when started"

Anonymous, BC (2013 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

"transfer case leak replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, QC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery failed"

Tracy K., CO (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"replaced all (4) fuel injectors engine stalled under load, ran rough before replacement of injectors"

W D., BC (2013 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

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