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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.

LATEST MODEL
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

An enhanced iDrive is added to Coupes with navigation. This new system receives a larger 8.8-inch view screen, more intuitive operation and preset keys for the navigation, CD, radio and telecommunications menus.

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.

Consumer Reviews

German engineering and performance rules

By on Monday, May 1, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quality, Performance"

Cons: "Electronic features are substandard"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This was my first BMW and probably will not be my last. Although I purchased the car in the fall of 2013, I still enjoy driving it 3.5 years later. Overall, Ive had no significant issues with the vehicle. I did have to have the on-board computer replaced early on, but that was because I had trouble connecting my phone to the sound system. The vehicle has great power for a 4-cylinder, especially when its in sport mode. Note, tough, its still a 4 cylinder, so its initial take off isnt like that of a 6 cylinder. The vehicle looks and feels like it did on the day that I bought it, even though it has more than 56,000 miles on it. It doesnt have rattles, but it does have a little more road noise than I would expect. My only criticism of the 328 xi is its electronic gadgetry. For a modern car, the electronic features are cumbersome to use. For example, I rarely use the navigation system because its not intuitive and you have set the state, city, etc.. every time you use it. Additionally, it requires time and effort to input each digit of the house number and much of the street address. Also, the vehicle was supposed to allow me to access my text and emails through my iPhone. After much research, I found that the only way that it might work was to buy a 300 holder for my phone (which would have been obsolete a year later when the new model of iPhones came out). Lastly, the hands off feature easily gets confused. When I push the button, I never know if I will get the cars system or Siri. The choice appears random. Again, I truly enjoy the car and plan to keep driving it for several years to come. The only downside is the electronics, but I didnt buy a German-made car for its electronic gadgets."

1 person out of 1 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."

40 people out of 46 found this review helpful

328ix:The best sport sedan!

By on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "The Ultimate Driving Machine."

Cons: "Not cheap."

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

"An absolute joy to drive. I have a 60 mile commute. My previous car was a Honda Insight- never again. 30 mpg real world. Fast. Handles like a sports car. Comfortable. Excellent seats. I have had a range of fun and exciting cars (Miata, 911, Corvette, Audi S4, Subaru WRX, Saab 9000 Aero), and this is the first automobile that does everything so well."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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