BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series

About BMW 3 Series

It was the BMW 3 Series that first gave credibility to the Ultimate Driving Machine. And not just the long-running advertising slogan. For over 40 years, the 3 Series has been the prototypical sports sedan and the heart and soul of BMW. Ask people to name an entry-level luxury-sports sedan and for most it’s the car that still comes to mind. Now available in many forms, from an all-wheel-drive sedan to a sports wagon, a hatchback, plug-in hybrid and the tire-burning high-performance M3, there's a 3 Series for every buyer. The 2017 3 Series remains a sporty, versatile and efficient luxury car with instant badge appeal, but sophisticated rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE and Audi A4 continue to increase competition.

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2017 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2017?
2017 BMW 3 Series

A new 4-cylinder engine brings new nomenclature; the 330i replaces the 328i. An all-new 6-cylinder engine does the same higher in the lineup with the 335i being replaced by the 340i. There are also trim and color tweaks, including the M Sport Package becoming standard on 340i models.

  • Expert Rating: 9.2
  • Consumers Rating: 8.6
  • MPG 23|35
2016 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2016?
2016 BMW 3 Series

The 2016 BMW 3 Series lineup expands again with the 330e, the first plug-in hybrid 3 Series. It effectively replaces the ActiveHybrid. Also new is the 340i, with a fresh 6-cylinder engine. The rest of the lineup receives redesigned electric power steering and chassis enhancements that include new front struts.

2015 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2015?
2015 BMW 3 Series

The biggest news is the 2015 BMW M3, a 425-horsepower high-performance model that forgoes some luxury coddling in the name of going fast. The rest of the BMW 3 Series lineup gets a few minor tweaks, with standard Bluetooth audio streaming being the most noteworthy.

2014 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2014?
2014 BMW 3 Series

Two-door versions of the latest 3 Series platform are set to arrive in showrooms later this year under the new 4 Series designation. In addition, a new 4-door hatchback variant dubbed the Gran Turismo joins the roster.

2013 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2013?
2013 BMW 3 Series

At nearly $3,300 less than the previously entry-level 328i, the new 320i gives BMW a lower entry point for the 3-Series without compromising its luxury pretentions. Other noteworthy additions for 2013 include available xDrive AWD and a new ActiveHybrid model, which teams a 55-hp electric motor with the TwinPower turbo-6 for a combined 335 horsepower and a modest boost in fuel efficiency.

2012 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2012?
2012 BMW 3 Series

While near the end of its product cycle, the 3 Series received a number of visual and functional updates in 2011. To that end, the existing models benefit from little more than fine-tuning. Notably, as of 2012 the M3 4-door is no more; this is a 3 Series variant those wanting to travel at 150 mph (with their kids) will certainly miss. Going forward, the new sedan makes its debut first, after which BMW will fill in the coupe, convertible and wagon gaps.

2011 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2011?
2011 BMW 3 Series

The seemingly still-new 2011 3 Series benefits from a number of small visual updates, including new hood and front fascia, new headlights featuring an "eyebrow" for the daytime running lights, reshaped exterior mirrors with enhanced aerodynamics, and a new rear treatment that visually widens the car. Additionally, the 3 Series coupe and convertible receive a new side-skirt design. On top of the visual changes is a host of new options, combined with new variations in color, trim and upholstery.

2010 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2010?
2010 BMW 3 Series

For 2010, the power moonroof is now optional on the 328i Sedan models, while both the 328i and 328ix Drive Sedan and Wagon gain new wheel designs and HD Radio. The newly available Automatic High Beams feature also can be ordered as a stand-alone option.

2009 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2009?
2009 BMW 3 Series

The 3-Series Sedan and Wagon receive a slight exterior and interior freshening, with a new front end, revised rear end and a more dynamic profile. Also new are an improved iDrive controller and the addition of a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel engine.

2008 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2008?
2008 BMW 3 Series

Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are available on models equipped with the six-speed STEPTRONIC transmission and Sport Package. The 328 models receive new 16-inch alloy wheels and chrome-tipped exhaust pipes, while HD radio is made available across the line.

2007 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2007?
2007 BMW 3 Series

While displacement of the in-line six-cylinder engine in the 328i/328xi remains at 3.0 liters, the latest iteration incorporates upgrades that help bump output from 215 to 230 horsepower and raise maximum torque from 185 to 200 pound-feet. Galvanic silver trim elements add a more upscale look to the interior and pre-wiring for SIRIUS Satellite Radio becomes standard, while two new colors enhance the exterior palette.

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Consumer Reviews

Makes you want to get out and drive, everyday!

By on Thursday, December 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quick, planted, tech for days, always fun to drive"

Cons: "Rough ride on Michigan's bad roads,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2016 328i xDrive M Sport

"About 8 years ago I passed on purchasing a new 2008 328 and ever since I have kept my eyes on the advancements and improvements that BMW has come up with. This past month I traded in my 15' Ford SHO for a 16' lightly used dealer CPO Msport,IMO the best looking set up outside of the M3. Going from my 365 hp 4400 lb SHO that felt like a freight train the 328 feels like a go cart and in a good way. Power always at the ready and the transmission always seems happy to play. The different drive modes are actually effective unlike some other brands. I love the idrive dial and technology and yet it keeps the classic BMW feel inside. Drove in a bad snow storm over the weekend and the awd system always felt planted and in control even when I pushed it. So far I love this car and I am excited to get in and drive it everyday."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2016 328i xDrive M Sport

Still a Great Sports Sedan

By on Sunday, July 28, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Well built, great handling, fuel economy, BMW feel"

Cons: "Could use more grunt, engine can sound weak"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my new 320i as my commuter car. I traded in a 2011 Subaru WRX which was a real hoot to drive, but was noisy and fairly crude. I had owned a 2005 325i so was not new to BMW. Firstly, my car came with the Premium package, heated seats, and leather. So-equipped it is luxurious, has tons of bells and whistles, and looks very upscale. I debated about the 320i over the 328i because of engine power. As it turns out, saving the $4-7k by going with the 320i was a good decision for the most part. Acceleration is more than adequate but won't take your breath away (no match for the WRX). Particularly in normal driving, it will keep up with anything. Handling is typical 3-series - planted, confidence-inspiring, and predictable. The 8-speed auto seems a little busy to me, but it helps with mileage and performance. So far I'm getting 33 mpg in my daily driving. I wish I could have found one with the sport package as well, but I can live without it. What I don't like about the car is as follows: could use a little more power, the seats are a little too flat for my taste (but nicely upholstered in leather), the iDrive (though hugely improved) is still a little odd at times, the engine can at times sound a little anemic even if not. If you've ever heard a WRX with the optional SPT exhaust, you'll know what a 4-cylinder should sound like. All of these are minor nits and I highly recommend the car. I looked at the Mercedes C250 (underpowered and some of the styling details are weird), the Audi A4 (great build quality but didn't feel as robust or fast the 320i) and the Acura TL (couldn't bring myself to buy a non-German car this time around though it was certainly well equipped and well built)."

37 people out of 42 found this review helpful

Computer geeks ruined the ultimate driving machine

By on Sunday, October 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Great turbo 4 engine, responsive transmission"

Cons: "Infuriating electronics"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"BMW has taken what used to be the "Ultimate Driving Machine" and made it into a computer geek nightmare. The absurd electronics on my 2012 328i were an annoyance since the beginning, but when the $450 battery, which cannot be owner-replaced, failed after three years, that was the last straw. The battery failed because the electrical system never turns off, so if you go away for a week without hooking the car to a battery charger, the battery runs down. You can’t even disconnect the battery, or all the computers in the car crash. (Even modern jet aircraft let you do that!) Technology is wonderful when it makes something safer, more efficient, or somehow better, but technology for its own sake is a distraction, an annoyance, and an unjustifiable expense. Run-flat tires are fine, but if you live in the American West and venture more than 50 miles from a major city, you need a spare tire. Neglecting to provide one was bad enough; eliminating a well in the trunk to put an aftermarket spare was just plain stupid. Every car made since the invention of the automatic transmission has had a "P" position on the shifter. BMW replaced that with a separate button that must be pushed or you are faced with warning bells and flashing lights. Again, just stupid. Likewise removing the two-dollar oil dipstick and replacing it with a computer-driven system that probably costs a few hundred dollars and requires warming up the car, parking it on a perfectly level surface, and drilling down through menus on the iDrive system just to check the oil. But the last straw -- the reason that after driving BMWs for 30 years I am getting rid of this car and buying something reliable and Japanese that just works -- is the ridiculous computers that will never allow the electrical system to go to sleep, and therefore run the battery down if I go away for a week, to the point of giving a barrage of error messages and warnings, turning off accessories, and ultimately requiring battery replacement. And what genius came up with a system that determines battery state by driving history rather than the actual condition of the battery, so that even charging it before driving it doesn't clear the error messages or turn the accessories back on? Even the vaunted BMW driving experience was dumbed down when BMW switched from its marvelous hydromechanical power steering to an electronic system that feels dead by comparison I loved my previous BMWs. This one is nothing but a pain in the butt. I’m trading it for a Subaru."

18 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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