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. And it still delivers a very satisfying and balanced overall driving experience.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2016 BMW 3 Series has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Erratic minor problems, the most serious of which is that the first few words of the voice commands get cut off, I.e., "... urn right" instead of "In a quarter mile turn right." Cannot recreate these problems for the dealer. Dealer installed updated software; too soon to see if it is working"

Robert H., MA (2016 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Satellite receiver system failed, nothing.requiring satellite data worked... covered by warranty"

Anonymous, AL (2016 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"outdated at purchase; inaccurate directions, not intuitive; false traffic information"

Michael B., CA (2016 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Radio

"Pushbuttons do not work correctly. Difficult using radio/Sirius while driving"

D H., CT (2016 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"windshield needed to be re-installed"

Michael D., NY (2016 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"There was a rattle when we drove on rough roads. Took the dealership a couple of test drives to find it in the steering column. Fixed and no problems since"

Anonymous, OR (2016 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Rattle started after service and was resolved after next service"

Michael W., CA (2016 BMW 3 Series 328d xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"There is a rattle that comes from the rear passenger side when it gets warm, but not when it is colder"

Anonymous, PA (2016 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Instrument cluster failed twice while driving. BMW replaced the entire cluster under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2016 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"The stock halogen headlights on the BMW 3-Series are total garbage. They barely light up the road at night. The high beams don't add much additional light. I have had better halogen headlights on cars costing half as much. If Toyota can put a good halogen headlight on a base model Corolla or HID headlights on a Camry, BMW can do better without charging $4000+ for their technology package to get HIDs on a $40K+ car. I love the car. The driving dynamics, the handling, reliability, comfort are all"

Anonymous, NY (2016 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Springs or torsion bars

"Shock Tower brace came unscrewed from the factory. Dealer had to screw it in"

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW 3 Series 340i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"Excessive steering wheel vibration"

Anonymous, TX (2016 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

Fuel pump

"Failed"

Franklin M., MA (2016 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on front bumper just started coming off in the car wash. Dealer is repainting"

Shellie B., MO (2016 BMW 3 Series Unsure 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

Premature brake wear

"Brakes needed to be reclined after very few miles"

Dorsey G., MA (2016 BMW 3 Series Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Mid summer and the blower on the a/c failed. Dealership arranged a loaner for the 3 days it took to fix. Not what you would expect for a vehicle with 7590 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2016 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.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL:GAS RECIRCULATION VALVE (EGR VALVE)
Oct 25 2018
The melting intake manifold can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2013-2018 BMW 328d and 328d xDrive, 2014-2018 328d Sports Wagon and 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, 2014-2016 535d and 535d xDrive, 2015 740Ld xDrive, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d SAV and 2014-2017 X5 xDrive35d SAV vehicles equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler. If the EGR cooler leaks internally, the coolant can mix with diesel engine soot. The high EGR temperatures may result in these particles possibly smoldering and melting the intake manifold.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the EGR cooler as necessary. If a leak has already occurred, the engine intake manifold will also be replaced. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall began May 13, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V755000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 44368
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