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New coupe and convertible versions of the 3 Series are now named the 4 Series and pack more style, luxury, and exclusivity. The plush and comfortable new 4 Series is longer, lower, and less angular than the previous 3 Series coupe, and it's more of a gentlemanly touring car than a sportster. Handling is taut, the ride steady and compliant and the interior is plush. The rear seat is relatively spacious.
Alerts
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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,
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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.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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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.
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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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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 and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
First Drive

If "BMW 4 Series" doesn't ring a bell, it's because that's the new name for the coupe version of the BMW 3 Series, long considered the benchmark for everything a sports sedan should be, no matter how many doors it has. This coupe is a little lower and wider than the sedan, and to most eyes it looks sleeker and sportier. We recently rented a new 2014 435i from BMW. Under the hood is a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual. That power plant is considerably punchier than the standard 240-hp turbo 2.0-liter that powers the 428i.

Seating
2 front, 2 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.

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Body Styles
convertible
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 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 4 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

“Every time I start the car, regardless of programming selected, the audio interface always goes to ITunes and plays the same sone every time I start the car. In addition, every time I get into the car, the BMW Connected APP opens on my phone. It drives me crazy. The dealer keeps stating it is my phone. However, I updated my phone and the same thin g happens”

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“It is useless. Could be us, but I have used navigation on my computers and ipads with little difficulty. BMW's is nothing but hassles”

H B., PA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Car sometimes drops bluetooth connection which is annoying”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“one of the keysets says 'function not available' when we try to switch pre-programmed channels. The other key works fine for channel changing”

Lynn E., CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

“The voice control system never works right. It always responds with strange words. The whole radio/navigation/phone system is impossible (as it has been in previous BMWs”

H B., PA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The voice control is extremely slow to respond and its responses are not correct. I have had both an Audi and Mercedes Benz whose voice command is superior to the BMW's”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 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

“The rubber below the passenger window did not fit properly”

Anonymous, QC (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Alignment caused a small trim price brake twice”

Scott S., FL (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Clearcoat chipping on wheels”

Dustin C., IA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Quality control seems to have gone downhill lately. Too much Hubris?”

Mark S., CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Alarm sounds for no apparent reason shortly after locking the car in cold weather. Dealership identified tilt sensor as cause, but refuses to fix because they cannot reproduce it”

Nathan F., AB (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

“Washer incorrectly reads a low washer fluid even when full. Reservoir was replaced hich took over a week. Ten months later, the problem has reoccurred”

Ron C., NJ (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

“Continuing ongoing problems warning light going on”

Albert D., IL (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i 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

Convertible top

“Some type of allignment problem”

Scott S., FL (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Doors or sliding doors

“Door handle sometimes does not release lock/open door on driver side (inside of car)”

Mark S., CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i 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 injection system

“A fuel injector failed at 4000 miles, which caused the car to go into "limp home mode" and required replacement of the injectors and spark plugs”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

“quit working”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Onboard computer identified "Drivetrain Malfunction" a day after the first oil change. Error cleared by itself a day later so the cause was never investigated”

Nathan F., AB (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car hesitated and felt about to stall suddenly while driving in city traffic. BMW service said it was due to going into "Fail Safe" mode because camshaft tolerances were exceeded. I was told new software installation should resolve this problem. Fail Safe mode did not feel safe at all. It felt like car can break down at any time without warning”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 3.0-L 6 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

“Sensor failed and caused car to stall and stop”

James P., CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 428i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transfer case

“Drivetrain is always sending me a warning but states I can continue to drive. It seems to happen more when the car is in sport mode than under normal driving conditions”

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 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

“Defective brake pads had to be replaced Brakes were squealing very loudly”

Stuart M., CA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i 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

Automatic climate control

“Would not cool when set on "auto-climate"”

R B., KS (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“2nd gear synchromesh failure transmission replaced by BMW”

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 4 Series 435i xDrive 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

Body Integrity

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Exhaust

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

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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