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 7 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 turbo (240 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (180 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (180 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (425 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 hybrid (335 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

"The front cameras work intermittently and there is no clear explanation why they work when they do and don't when they don't"

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

"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)
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)
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

"Back up camera display was upside down and there were issues with the door locks. They needed to replace/update onboard computer."

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

"System will freeze and reboot occasionally, losing connection with phones and navigation system and restarting completely"

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

"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)
Display screen goes blank

"iDrive (non touch) system restarted every minute. With the iDrive system everything else - radio, nav - also restarted. System had to be replaced twice - both times the system was found to be defective. Dealer replaced the system."

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

"The whole Head unit went crazy. BMW replaced the whole Head Unit after first reprogramming the unit."

Tyler D., NC (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"During use, the display went 'white' and turning the vehicle on/off two times did not resolve the issue. By the following day it resolved itself with no further action on my part. It happened again two days later. A trip to the dealer after it resolved itself this second time took place. The dealer scanned the ECU but found nothing amiss. It has not occurred again after the two incidents which were during the initial warranty period."

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

"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)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Worst interface ever. Hard to operate. Poor design"

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

"Does not read iPhone text messages. Car did when first purchased"

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

"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)
Hardware replacement

"The head unit failed - so navigation, radio presets, phone synch stopped working"

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

"See previous comments. They (Herb Chambers) replaced the head unit because they believed it was faulty and that is why my new android phone would not pair to the car. I was skeptical as the car was fine before I tried to pair the phone. I was not happy with the cost but agreed to have the work done because the problem caused the head unit to constantly re-boot which disabled phone, radio, gps, cameras. Finally, they realized this did not fix the problem. After weeks of not having my car they old me it could not be fixed because my model phone (Google Fi) was the ONLY phone that would not work with the car. Ridiculous as we ended up fixing the pairing ourselves."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"As as iDrive comment. Since there was no iDrive category I selected gps."

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

"Gave us incorrect directions."

James N., SC (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"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)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Would not pair with my older android phone. Works fine in other vehicles. Occurred twice and repaired both times by BMW dealer. Last time was out of warranty, but it was repaired without charge as it was the identical problem related to the first failure."

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

"Electronic console reboots repeatedly when pairing with a Google phone, after loading BMW app."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

"I have a new Google android phone. When trying to pair it to my car, it caused the head unit to crash/reboot repeatedly. Herb Chambers kept my car for weeks, replaced the head unit (I lost all my stored music, and favorites), the supposedly consulted BMW corporate who tried to fix it but determined that my phone is the ONLY phone that does not work with that year car. Back and forth multiple times when I was told the car was fixed yet when I tried to pair my phone it cause the system to re-boot constantly. Later, my friend went in t my phone settings and did something and it has worked fine for about a month. Finger crossed. By the by, the re-booting/crashing makes the cameras, GPS, and voice command inoperable."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio memory intermittently forgets station presets, requiring me to re-enter them all."

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

"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)
Software update fixes

"Warning message regarding drive train malfunction turned out to be a need for a software update."

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Would not recognize voice"

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

"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)

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)

"My 2014 BMW 328d had the EGR valve and/or cooler fail. This was the root cause. In turn this caused the intake manifold and two NOX sensors to fail. BMW has since offered an extended warranty on the NOX sensors and reimbursed the cost. BMW also has acknowledged the EGR valve or cooler problem but claims not to have a fix as of this time. Total cost of repairs was approximately $3,500 of which BMW reimbursed $550."

Charles M., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"I received a check engine light that prevented my car from passing NYS inspection at about 40,000 miles. The cause was the failure of the Diesel Exhaust Fluid reservoirs or pumps. It was covered by my CPO warranty but it would have cost over $3,500 if not under warranty!"

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

"Diesel DEF fluid heater failed, which required purchase of $1,000-plus part and caused car not to be able to pass emissions inspection"

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

"Although covered by warranty, the diesel exhaust particulate filter and its sensor had to be replaced. In a separate instance the diesel fuel water separator had to be replaced. It was not covered by warranty."

Michael E., MN (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Dealer replaced the egr valve , egr cooler, 2 hoses and the intake header which had a leak cause by the egr failure."

Charles M., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Heater for the DEF feed line short-circuited and caused a leak."

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

"Diesel emission control devices cause check engine light to come on. I can't remember what the devices were called but they were very expensive and one of them was not covered by warranty."

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

"It was a safety recall by BMW. Upon dealer inspection, it was determined that the EGR was faulty and needed to be replaced along with the exhaust manifold. All was covered under the safety recall warranty."

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

"MIL came on for EGR errors and dealership told me it would be covered under recall. I had to wait several months before they would see me and then it took about 10 days to fix and ship my car back to me."

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

"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

"Fuel injector #4 and fuel regulator valve had to be replaced following complete breakdown of vehicle. Vehicle stopped suddenly on a busy highway in dim morning light and could not be restarted or moved for 10 minutes or so. Finally I was able to start the vehicle and get it off the road. It was then towed to the nearest BMW dealership about 18 miles away. The 50K mile warranty had expired (breakdown occurred at 53K miles); however, BMW agreed to pay 90% of the $1800 repair cost. This was a very dangerous/unsafe situation and as a result I have lost confidence in the reliability of the vehicle going forward. Therefore, I am considering replacing the vehicle with a more reliable make (e.g., Toyota or Honda)."

Lynn W., AR (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"after car failed (stopped) on the road BMW replaced entire furl system from tank to injectors. now there is a problem with DEF system that a software grade did not fix"

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

"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

"Fuel pump was replaced."

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

"The high pressure diesel fuel pump came apart as described by the dealer, causing my car to immediately stall and have to be flat-bed towed in for service. Since the fuel pump shredded metal into the fuel system, the pump, all fuel lines, the fuel tank, the injectors, filters, etc. all had to be replaced. The repairs took two weeks and the dealer confessed that book rate this would have cost around $13000. I did receive a manufacturer's extended warranty on the new fuel pump, so BMW did admit that there was a design flaw with the old pump. I must say that the repairs were covered by warranty 100% and a beautiful loaner car was given to me for the down time."

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

"Car died on an open highway. Luckily, driver was able o pull off the road."

Mary S., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"High Pressure Diesel Fuel pump completely failed while driving. Dealer had to replace the entire fuel system due to metal pieces in the fuel system. Cost was covered under warranty, but would have been $12k to $16k to repair without warranty. The $350 I paid was to replace the battery at a different time."

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

"Complete failure, car stopped in intersection."

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

"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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The onboard computer indicated a problem with the sensors and that the car would be disabled if it wasn't fixed immediately. We drove to our dealership, left the car, and the sensors were replaced as extended warrantee items."

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

"Caused by the EGR valve and/or cooler failure"

Charles M., FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"We got a message on our NAV screen saying there was a problem with the urea system that feeds into the diesel emissions system. We took the car to our dealer who had the sensors replaced under warranty."

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

"The diesel particle sensor was replaced. It was replaced under warranty and there was a recall on the part."

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

"Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank serviced after approx 16 months, MIL/CEL illuminated several times with an erratic signal from the DEF tank listed as the problem."

Rick H., TN (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Nitrogen Oxide Sensors (NOx) needed to be replaced. BMW issued an extended warranty on this issue."

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

"O2 sensor failed due to age"

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

"NOX Sensor failed twice, once under warranty, and another just outside the warranty period. It was covered by BMW as a courtesy."

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

"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

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)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The driver's side electronic lock got STUCK LOCKED and I could not get out of the car! I had to drive to the dealer (fortunately open) to get out of the car. They fixed it and it broke another part. The whole cost would have been about $4,000 (fortunately covered by warranty) Completely UNACCEPTABLE! Would never buy another BMW."

C A., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"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)
Body control module

"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)
Cruise control

"The rubber covering on the accel/decel toggle on the steering wheel failed, leaving a metal tab. The repair consisted of replacing all of the cruise control buttons."

Elliott W., AZ (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail light connector"

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

"Have had problems several times with the rear brake light assemblies. Have 2 replaced on warranty and one outside of warranty. The contact between the light and the holder assembly seems to not make a good contact. Then it deteriorates the assembly metal where the light makes contact."

Jeannie G., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rare signal left side sometime it works sometime it does not work"

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

"Right rear turn signal failed. Repaired under warranty and failed again within 100 miles. I didn't want to waste time getting it fixed again so I waited until the next service which was a long time. Fixed again under warranty and they reflashed the computer which seems to have resolved the problem."

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

"Both rear brake lights at seperate times. The light assembly would melt the light contact to the base metal. I ended up fixing it myself after dealer dealt with it under warranty."

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

"Turn signals"

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW 3 Series 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)
Headlights

"Profoundly expensive and complicated just to replace a headlamp bulb. Granted, the lights are Zenon and turn with the steering but still."

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

"I had to replace several of the lightbulbs Sometimes twice"

Anonymous, (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Horn

"Horn would work intermittently for approximately 1 year then stopped operating."

Anonymous, (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Back door accurate stop working"

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

"remote to open door stopped working after 3 years."

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"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)
Tire pressure monitor

"Errors in this have caused headaches and unnecessary concern"

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

"From 18000KM and 8 months of ownership, I've had drivetrain, chassis and engine warning lights that gave me limp mode and that didn't let me use different driving modes. Two dealerships couldn't find the issues."

Charles A., QC (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Brake light has illuminated twice in 12 months."

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"I had to change the lightbulbs Sometimes twice"

Anonymous, (2014 BMW 3 Series 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)

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

"same comments as road noise."

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal around the driver's door fell apart! Under 49,000 miles. Dealer said I put too much pressure on it when gettin in and out. (Maybe I should have alternated gettin in and out through the other 3 doors. My cost - $300 + (not covered by warranty) (never buy a BMW again - only good if you don't drive it anywhere.)"

C A., CA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Hard convertible top sometimes leaks in heavy rains or car wash, but just a few drops"

Leslie K., SD (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"It was a tire boot that was leaking...covered under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW 3 Series 320i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"The rattles are not acceptable for a car in that price range. In fact, the amount of rattles I'm experiencing isn't acceptable in any price ranges. Everything you touch squeaks caused by cheap materials. Also, turning the steering wheel makes the plastic that hides the steering column and the plastic on the steering wheel itself to squeak. There's also a lot of parts from different areas of the cabin that rattles when driving."

Charles A., QC (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes squeak a LOT - been to the dealer twice; it is fixed for a few months and then the squeaks return. I know that high performance brake pads can cause more noise, which is fine, but these are nails-on-chalkboards squeaks."

Noam S., CT (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Thunking noise in front end. They cannot locate the source"

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

"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)
Wind noise

"very high wind/road noise that dealer said was normal because of tires which I disputed, but no further action was taken. Definitely not typical of a so called Luxury vehicle."

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 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)

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced brake pafs"

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

"Miles on brakes seemed reasonable that they may be worn"

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

"suddenly I got a warning to pull over immediately. Brake failure. Tried to call the BMW emergency service via the button but it would not connect. Ended up driving to bmw service.way overpriced. So I drove carefully to firestone and brake issue fixed for half the price of the dealer. 55k miles I guess that is normal for brake wear?"

Anonymous, NC (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cost of the repair"

Anonymous, (2014 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Rear pads replaced at 25k and 45k"

David W., CT (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The Rear brakes were finished according to the dealer. They only had 45000km!!!"

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

"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)
Pulsation or vibration

"Pulsations started over the last 2 years. Dealer said I need new brakes and I changed front brakes which fixed the problem."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Regular brake failure

"Had to replace disc pads under warranty"

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

"Regular wear and tear brakes were replaced under warranty with no expense to me."

Anonymous, VA (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rear rotors were worn and rusted and needed replacement."

Anonymous, DE (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"Premature rear brake wear. I was told I would need new rotors & pads, with only 45,000km!!"

Anonymous, (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"On light breaking rotors emitted annoying squeak starting at about 15000 miles of light commuting. Dealer “fixed” it but it came back a few months later. Even though I did the required service checks, I need to replace rear rotors at 45000 miles."

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

"My brakes squealed for months - took it to the dealer three times and they never fixed them, they said "that's how they sound." I took it to a local BMW specialist and he fixed them in one day"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"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)

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

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

CV joint

"I just received a recall notice regarding the CV"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Differential

"engine lost power. would not accelerate properly"

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

"the 4 wheel transfer case was cracked & leaking"

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

"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)
Electrical failure

"Car warning alerted me to problem with drive train - drive carefully. Car had weak acceleration. I drove slowly to the dealer and they had to reload the car's software, keeping it overnight. After new download, everything was fine. They did not charge me for repairing."

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

"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)

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

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

"The transmission starting shifting unsmoothly. In less than a month the vehicle failed to move at a stop sign, although the engine was running. It wouldn't shift into any gear. The car was Certified Pre-owned through BMW and they trailered it to a dealer and replaced the transfer case. It was covered under the warranty"

Jerry R., ME (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"It failed as I was pulling out of a driveway. Luckily, it was at work and in a very low traffic area as it took significant time to get it to a safe place out of traffic."

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

"Second time transfer case failed. Noted by many owners as a problem area but never recalled. Bmw replaced at their expense the second time since it was within two years of the first failure"

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

"Transfer case leak. Seal fixed under warranty"

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

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

"On a summer trip of several days, the A/C stopped cooling during the 2nd day. It resumed eventually after cooling was turned off for 30-60 minutes."

John T., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series)

"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)
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)
Electrical failure

"radio freezes when low tire pressure warning comes on"

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

"Evaporator attracts mold, which creates unpleasant cabin smells. Recurring issue. Not a cabin filter issue."

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

"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)

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)
Oil leaks

"$1300 dollar repair of oil housing / oil cap that was leaking oil"

Brent H., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Gasket beneath old filter housing was leaking. Replacement involved remove/replace intake manifold. Gasket should not fail at 54K miles in my opinion."

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

"IT WAS RELATED TO THE TIMING BELT COVER AND WE OPTED TO FIX IT. WE COULD HAVE JUST LEFT IT."

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

"The vehicle has developed a diesel smell inside the passenger compartment. The BMW dealership said that there was an oil leak that was likely causing the smell. The estimate to fix this leak was over $2000. The amount of oil that leaks is small, so this is not something that needs to be urgently fixed, but the smell of diesel inside the vehicle is very unfortunate."

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

"Same as before"

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"There was a minor leak on the oil filter housing. It appeared that a tiny crack had developed. BMW was able to replace the housing and gaskets on the same day in two hours."

Anonymous, IN (2014 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch and slave cylinder replaced prior to transmission replacement as part of troubleshooting the problem."

David B., GA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Actually the all wheel drive ( BMW X-drive) gear unit failed ( I believe it is called the “ transfer case”) The repair was $4400 You should make all wheel drive problems another category; I was not sure if that is what falls under transmission"

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

"2nd gear synchro began to fail, hard/crunchy shifts 1-2 up and 3-2 down."

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

"2nd gear was damaged and was hard to shift into (manual transmission) and entire transmission had to be replaced."

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

"The Xdrive failed completely"

Jacob L., VA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Bad sycronizer between 1st and 2nd caused grinding. Transmission had metal in gearbox. Replaced under warranty."

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

"1-2 and 3-2 shifts were rough and crunchy. Clutch replaced but problem persisted. Entire transmission replaced along with another clutch and slave cylinder under warranty."

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

"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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

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)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"A piece of plastic covering the front passenger seat back hinge broke off leaving the sharp metal hinge exposed. This actually posed a slight danger to a passenger sitting in the rear seat behind the exposed part (usually my dog). I had it repaired."

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

"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 (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Shortly after purchase I noticed the car color had exposed areas of the undercoating. I took it to the dealer and the paint guy confirmed my suspicions. We were going to set up an appointment to remedy the situation. That did not happen. I was receiving chemo treatments and could not be going without my car for a few days. Shortly after finishing with chemo I relocated 3000 miles to Florida. I do not want to start over because they will likely tell me I let bird poop remain on the car too long all over again."

John P., CA (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)

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)
Bushings

"Left rear started with squeaking noise that I took to two shops that sprayed lub on the bushings and sent me on my way. Sound started again very soon. Found a third shop that replaced ball joint and bushing and fixed it. About 4000 miles later the same sounds started on the right rear and I took it to the same shop and had the same work done - all fixed now"

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW 3 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Shocks or struts

"At 55k miles, shocks/struts leaked and caused suspension to fail. Timed by BMW to occur after original warranty expires and pre-owned warranty specifically excludes suspension. During warranty period, struts made clunking noises and I asked dealer to replace; they refused, and independent repair shop discovered leaking/failing struts after warranty expired. Causes ride to become extremely hard and nearly unbearable. At 57k miles, it's a $3000-4000 repair cost, which seems excessive for this few miles. Not a great deal, although acquisition cost of the car was low ($24k with 34k miles) so this built-in failure by BMW was not unexpected or unreasonable. Still, seems low-class of a company like BMW to engineer in a known failure -- and they know it because they specifically exclude any suspension items from pre-owned warranty, the period when the suspension is designed to fail."

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

"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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Became corroded and could not be adjusted during wheel alignment. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I believe the following caused the problem. I inadvertently drove over a rock while parking in front of my house. I didn't notice any problem at the time. A number of months later my front end suspension failed and my vehicle became inoperable. The car was towed to the dealership for repair."

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

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)
Radiator

"Newer BMW radiators have plastic mounts - they seem almost designed to fail. We were lucky in that we noticed a small leak before the entire hose mount cracked, which would have rendered the vehicle undrivable."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"Check engine light came on. I took it to BMW. They identified a diagnostic fee ($125) which would be applied if I did the repairs there. They determined it was the thermostat and there was a service campaign. Result - no cost to repair."

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

"Stall when accelerating and the engine light came on."

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

"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)
Water pump

"water pump failed at approx. 60000 miles. The pump would operate and then the car would unpredictably go into safety mode, slowing the car down on the highway or anywhere we drove. You would then need to pull over and turn off the car and restart it and could drive again (variable amount) before it happened again. Very expensive problem to fix on this car."

Brian S., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 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

Glass defects

"cracked windshield; replaced front windshield twice since purchase"

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i)

"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)
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)
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)

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

"BMW has a repair campaign going on for their 4-cylinder turbo engines, the N20 and N26 models. The root issue is disintegrating timing chain guides which, if left unrepaired, will destroy the engine. The problem will manifest itself as a whirring noise in the engine compartment which will very slowly grow over time. In my case I noticed the whirring noise and a very occasional stumbling at idle. Other than that the car drove normally. After a week or so of diagnosing, some attempted repairs, and a visit from a BMW engineer, BMW decided to do a short block replacement entirely at their cost."

Daniel N., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Oil was leaking onto the exhaust manifold causing burning smell, so I took it in for service a couple of months after I noticed the smell."

Anonymous, (2014 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"This is directly related to my other comment about the engine short block replacement. Timing chain guides are going bad on the N20 and N26 4-cylinder engines. BMW has a repair campaign for this."

Daniel N., PA (2014 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Bad Waste Gate Actuator. Replaced under warranty."

Austin F., PA (2014 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

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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"check engine light came on"

Torin D., CO (2014 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"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.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"When the start / stop system is about to stop the engine, it makes an annoying squeak. Repair shop thought it might need a software update, but didn’t fix the problem."

Hunt L., WA (2014 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

"Cracked valve cover to engine had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
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