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
wagon
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (180 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (180 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 hybrid (335 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (425 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 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

"Backup camera and sensors simply went "dead""

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"blind spot sensor unreliable"

David W., KS (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"it sometimes takes too long to go on. It constantly is asking to accept the warnings that first go on telling you to notlook at screen. . Very annoying electronics"

Steven K., OH (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"occaisionally does not work"

Sam S., MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Camera stopped working...was out of service for a week. Needed a new module or something"

Richard L., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Backup camera doesn't always switch on or off when operating transmission"

John C., OR (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Display screen difficult to see

"Under some light conditions the screen is very difficult to read"

Edward H., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The screen is difficult to se in daylight unless I put a shield above it"

Howard T., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Infotainment system will just randomly reboot itself for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Appeared to be a software issue - took it to the dealer and they updated or upgraded the program. Fixed"

Anonymous, IL (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes the display goes to a green screen and sometimes it doesn't show the rear camera when parking or backing"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"It will briefly go blank when puttin gin reverse, sometimes"

Steven K., OH (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The display and all of its functionality go blank"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent shut down of Nav system required replacement of computer. 8 days in shop"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"my iphone doesn't always connect via usb or bluetooth when i get into the car. some times i have to try several tricks to have it connect. very annoying"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Difficult to understand why/how system works with iphone"

John C., OR (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This is my 1st in dash GPS system so I am not sure what to expect. However, there have been a few time when it has sent me literally in circles. Last week it sent me in to Manhattan (at rush hour) I wanted to go to New Jersey (from Boston)"

Caleb S., MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The GPS has NEVER accurately located many destination addresses. The control panel doesn't offer the ability to input addresses that it doesn't know. Sometimes it navigates in circles. It often selects routes that are not on main roads with no way to choose alternative routes. There is no way to update the system except a $400 upgrade, even though the original system was an optional feature that I paid extra for. BMW service workers suggest using my cellphone for navigation instead of the car's"

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The system went bad. Started rebooting over and over. BMW first reprogrammed the system but had to replace the entire head unit"

Anonymous, MI (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The system frequently fails to selct the shortst or fatest route"

Howard T., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes gave ludicrous directions from US States far from us. Other times, wrong directions or unable to stop directions from announcing"

James N., SC (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive Unsure)

"the entire audio system died. phone / bluetooth, radio etc. after 2 days it started working again on it's own"

SUSn G., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio failed as did the bluetouth system"

Diane R., AZ (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Would not recognize voice"

James N., SC (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive Unsure)

"This feature was supposed to be present on my car, and the dealer took it three different times to determine what the problem was. The dealer finally determined that BMW had changed bluetooth and did not install voice command on this car, and that i"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
CD player

"CD player emits a repetitive clicking noise whenever a disc is inside. Continues even when play is stopped and ignition is off, if a disc is still inserted"

Anonymous, CA (2014 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

"I had two rattles. One was repaired by the dealer, the other went away by itself"

Anonymous, KS (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Door locks - there was a repair recall"

Anonymous, RI (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear suspension rattle over bumps at low speeds"

Anonymous, AB (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle inside the car that the dealer cannot seam to find after several attempts"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When it is cold, 20 degrees or less, I hear a rattling by the rear window"

Anonymous, MI (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle in steering column and near front passenger door"

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear passenger door rattles from what sounds like loose wiring inside the door. Tapping it reproduces the sound but the dealer's service department is unwilling to fix it if they can't "hear it when they drive the car""

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"rattles and vibrations from multiple sources"

Liu D., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Front dash squeaks at medium-low speeds due to vibration on slightly rough roads"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Car was making strange noises, I suspected suspension problems. BMW recognized the problem but it took days of testing and repairs before the problem was fixed without any clarification as to what the problem was"

Thomas M., NM (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Issue where door panels would creak"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Break sqealing with cold weather"

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattles around cup holder when resting knee. Esp. on cold mornings"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I believe the MSport brakes have a hideous screech"

Timothy A., KY (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Interior plastic trim squeaks going over almost any slightly rough pavement"

Gabriel F., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is a constant wind noise that seems to be coming from the doors. After checking that doors are closed properly and all Windows and the sunroof are closed,the noise persists"

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Extreme wind and road noise experienced in the interior. When I complained, dealer tech said typical for this model and tire. Again, not your typical luxury brand. Have experienced a decline in the quality and handling traits of newer BMW's"

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"not a quiet ride on the freeway"

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"Above 30 or so mph loud wind/road noise coming from left side. Dealer says normal in this car. BMW's are supposed to be "luxury" level and this kind of noise in a $50k car is unacceptable. The 06 trade-in was no where near as loud"

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"DEA fluid ran out and the dealer took two tries and a week and a half to re program the computer and part of the emmison system. The engine was shut of when the DEA ran out and the car CAN NOT come out of PARK to move the car"

Edward H., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Problem with the RMT Metering line - this affects diesel models only. I guess the urea injection sensor is what it refer to"

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

"Check engine light came on the day after the car was in for normal serviceing. It took the dealership 5 days to discover the problem was with the fuel injectors and they replaced all four"

Anonymous, NV (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Evidently related to emissions system because I've had an issue with this 2x's"

Vanessa A., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

"Check engine light came on; fuel pump replaced under warranty"

Austin F., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"recall on the fuel pump. Replaced at last oil change two weeks ago"

Anonymous, MN (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump failed rendering car undrivable. Took days for dealer to repair due to software reprogramming of fuel pump with engine computer"

Gary W., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump failed and need to be replaced at 4,000 miles"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced on factory recall"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump suddenly stopped working. Car died in intersection and would not start. BMW towed vehicle back to dealer and gave a loaner car until repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"died. needed towing"

Robert M., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump died. Had to be towed. Dealer said it was a software issue. Under warranty so no charges-just inconvenience"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A light showed on the dashboard to indicate a problem. The issue was resolved under warranty. The dealership gave me a loaner car while the car was being repaired"

Anonymous, NV (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"CEL came on several times"

George B., ON (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Faulty O2 sensor caused a check engine light"

Christopher H., IL (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"there was some problem with the fuel system sensor. mileage went to crap. took 4 weeks to get part"

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The sensors have malfunctioned 3x's since I purchased the car. The car will shut down completely when this happens. BMW has been aware of the problem for a while, but has failed to fix the issue. Now, my brand new car is constantly in the shop and I'"

Vanessa A., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The warning light to indicate that the alarm system in armed is currently not functioning"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Window controls have been quite problematic"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the passenger side seat adjustment has broken twice, additionally the electric lock on the driver side stopped working"

Anonymous, IL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Turn signals"

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW 3 Series Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Tail light failure (driver's side) due to pinched wiring harness"

Randy S., IA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Driver's side mirror turn signal LED lights stopped working"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"one fog light turns on intermittently"

Sam S., MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Right rear taillight came loose"

Travis T., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"The touch sensitive area on the top of the door handle sometimes do not work, which means you cannot lock the door from the outside. Unlocking usually works well though"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Errors in this have caused headaches and unnecessary concern"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"There's supposed to be a bumper-to-bumper 50,000 mile warranty, but the windshield washers have almost totally stopped squirting and the repair is going to cost $247"

Charles M., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
12V power plug

"In cold weather (-20 C), a notice comes up that the battery is discharging quickly, even if being driven on the highway. The car conserves battery by shutting down things like the radio, heated seat, heated steering and navigation. It has been back"

Anonymous, SK (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 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

A/C compressor

"Was not cooling the car"

Anonymous, SC (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"The A/C comes on any time the operator of the car turns the settings to direct air to the inside of the windshield. The dealership said that this was how the system was designed. This is untrue as there are times when you may want warm or hot air to go the the windshield. My wife did not get a satisfactory answer to this issue"

Jeffrey C., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The AC stopped cooling. Fan still worked. After parking for a day, AC worked"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Original controller lacked precision"

Anonymous, LA (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"blower worked, but air was not cool. I was told they had to replace a computer chip"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"Bad odor"

Anthony C., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"JUST A MINOR LEAK - FIXED BY DEALER QUICKLY"

Anonymous, DC (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

"Unable to change temp control when low tire warning alarm comes on"

Dan M., MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"Condenser would freeze up shutting down the a/c (resulting in no air conditioning, just fan)"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"radio freezes when low tire pressure warning comes on"

Dan M., MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 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 controls - movement

"I have Msports seats and after 45000 miles the seats bottom cushion has lost its softness. Also, the seat is little twisted. After repeated complains to BMW dealer and BMW USA, its still not fix. End result - I have lower back pain problem. Thanks BMW"

Gaurav P., MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Driver's seat limited for upper movement. Probably unsuitable for people 5'4"" or smaller"

Alan G., NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The passenger seat was moved to the back and stuck there. Dealer repaired under warranty"

Gary K., TX (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Glass defects

"cracked windshield; replaced front windshield twice since purchase"

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"Windshield seems extremely susceptible to road hazard damage i.e. rocks. Hit by two highway stones dinging windshield, that then sent crack all way across windshield. Genuine replacement part very expensive and not covered by insurance or warenty"

John W., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Windows

"Driver's window made a lot of noise when moving. Dealer replaced the motor"

Alan G., NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 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 interior trim or moldings

"DOOR SILL ON PASSENGER SIDE KEEPS GETTING KICKED OFF DEALER SAYS ITS A COMMON PROBLEM"

Anonymous, DC (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Wind noise on front passenger door. Dealer replaced door panel and replaced door seals. All okay now"

Janice C., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Paint very thin and scratches and chips easily"

Ira W., NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Driver side mirror's backing/case fell off in the car wash"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Side reflector popped out for no reason"

Matthew E., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Front passenger door had wind noise. Took to dealership and they changed out loose door panel. All okay now"

Janice C., FL (2014 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

Electrical failure

"Cruise control sensor malfunction"

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The drive train developed a sudden problem wherein I could only drive the car at a low speed. When I took to the BMW outlet, I was told it was a software problem. I later learned from an online search that this was a common problem for BMWs of that vintage"

John T., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"Engine shut off on the highway in slow moving traffic"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Differential

"When turning a corner, I completely lost power to the wheels. BMW paid for the car to be towed to the dealership and made the repair under warranty. The car was out of service for about 7 days. The dealership supplied a loaner vehicle during that time"

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Driveshaft or axle

"This is a 9-month old car that just today had a drivetrain problem. The engine lugged and lurched after accelerating from a stop. After that, there was nearly no torque produced by the engine"

Gabriel F., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car completely shut down on a four lane high, reading drive train malfunction, seek safety within 5 seconds the entire engine shut down and we barely made it off the road"

Anonymous, MI (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"Pads and rotors require replacement after only 50K kms. 4 summer tires also had to be replaced"

George B., ON (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Squeaking

"brakes squeak"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Breaks squeaked when stopping"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i Unsure)

"Squeaks in cold damp weather. Dealer unable to resolve"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 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 knock or ping

"Engine is powerful and smooth. but sounds like a thrashing machine/diesel. Not what you would expect to experience in a so called "luxury" vehicle. Absolutely no comparison to their ultra-smooth inline sixes"

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine has exhibited a metallic knock (similar to connecting rod knock) since purchased. Dealer and Corporate BMW says from transmission and not serious so drive until gets worse! This is actually serious because engine could fail"

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel leaks

"A mouse built a nest in the driver side wheel well, and ate through fuel sensor lines...no leakage, but engine light went on"

Anonymous, NY (2014 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

Thermostat

"warning light came on. Went to dealer who replaced thermostat"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Thermostat stuck open. Dealer replaced thermostat and replaced coolant"

Robert M., DE (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cooling fan

"The electric cooling fan oddly gets stuck on occasionally, even when the engine is not very hot. It stays on until the engine is restarted"

Hunt L., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 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

Alternator

"The alternator failed and needed to be replaced under warranty"

Paul K., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery had 2 bad cells which disabled the car. It was replaced by dealer at no cost"

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In winter the battery lost it's charge, the BMW dealer told me it is because the car is always thinking. I told them I am thinking this is my first and last BMW"

Anonymous, MI (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 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

"Car came misaligned and we had the dealer align it. The car never felt right. It didn't have directional stability and we had to constantly correct. at 30,000 miles the tires wore out and we purchased new tires and had the car aligned again at the dealer. The car now feels better and has better directional stability. Steering is still over boosted"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"I have purchased extended warranty and maintenance from BMW USA. After 50,000 miles, the shocks have become less absorbing and bottom out easily. BMW dealers stat its all good and normal wear and tear. If I didnt had full extended warranty and maintenance, I am sure they would have said its bad and needs replacement"

Gaurav P., MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Right rear shock was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"The transmission made a grinding sound when moving into 2nd gear quickly. The transmission was replaced under warranty. BMW paid for the loaner car during the work"

Anonymous, MN (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Heating on a Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) system pipe failed"

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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.

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