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Starting at
$38,350
EPA - est City/Hwy
22/34
Engine
2.0L inline4
Seats
5
Power
240 hp




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2016 BMW 3 Series Overview

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The 2016 BMW 3 Series remains one of the very best compact luxury sport sedans on the market, delivering equal parts refinement and exhilaration. The 2016 3 Series receives a significant overhaul that includes a new 340i trim level, a Track Handling package and added features like LED headlights. The 2016 BMW 3 Series continues to offer excellent performance, handling and fuel economy.

It's shaping up to be another banner year for the 2016 BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon. One could argue that BMW has lost its traditional sporting edge in some respects, but when it comes to the compact luxury sport segment, the 3 Series continues to stand apart. Facing fierce competition from fresh-faced rivals, BMW has responded with a number of changes for 2016 that help keep the 3 Series current. Even without them, though, this would still be the segment front runner, both for avowed driving enthusiasts and for shoppers who just prefer a pleasing luxury car experience. Don't blink. You might miss the 2016 3 Series' refreshed front-end styling, which can be accented with new LED headlights. Headlining this year's updates is a brand-new engine for the six-cylinder 3 Series sedan, which gets a new 340i name to mark the occasion. Though it retains its predecessor's turbocharged 3.0-liter specification, the 340i makes 20 more horsepower and 30 additional pound-feet of torque. It's a timely improvement, as our performance testing showed that the 335i was barely quicker than the fuel-sipping four-cylinder 328i, making the six-cylinder's price premium hard to rationalize. Notably, the 340i is offered with a six-speed manual transmission in both rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts, something few luxury automakers bother with these days. The performance-minded ActiveHybrid 3 has been discontinued and replaced by the 330e plug-in hybrid. It isn't as fleet-footed as its predecessor, but it is more fuel-efficient and you can stretch your mileage further by charging up. The other changes for 2016 are relatively minor. BMW has tweaked the styling front and rear, but you've got to be a hard-core fan to notice the difference. Similarly, there are a few new interior touches -- a gloss-black center console, for example, with a handy lid for the cupholders -- but we'd hardly call them game-changing. The available LED headlights (standard on 340i) are an increasingly common feature that BMW did well to add. Fundamentally, though, this is the same 3 Series we've known and loved since 2012, and the competition is still scrambling to keep up. The most direct threat to the 3 Series' throne comes in the form of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which entices with its baby-S-Class styling, appealing feature set and strong performance. The 2016 Audi A4 (or the related Allroad wagon) is getting up there in years, but it's a satisfying choice nonetheless with its nimble handling and understated elegance. There's also the bold, well-equipped 2016 Lexus IS 350 (as well as the new turbocharged IS 250) and the sharp-handling 2016 Cadillac ATS. But if you want the best of everything in one place, the 2016 BMW 3 Series keeps on leading the way.

If you're in the market for a compact luxury sport sedan, the 2016 BMW 3 Series should be near the top of your list. Whether you're enjoying its blend of features and refinement or putting its smooth optional engine to the test, you'll probably come away with a positive impression. Let's find out more about all this well-rounded car has to offer.

For 2016, every 3 Series receives mild exterior styling updates and interior trim enhancements, along with a smattering of suspension and steering tweaks that are said to improve handling precision. The six-cylinder sedan gets a name change from 335i to 340i, a new engine with more output and a standard 16-speaker stereo. The ActiveHybrid 3 has been discontinued, and the 330e plug-in hybrid has taken its place. LED headlights are now available, as are automatic remote updates for the navigation system and a new Track Handling package that replaces the Dynamic Handling package. Finally, the Sport Line package is now standard on all but the 320i, though it comes without last year's M sport suspension, which is available separately.



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2016 BMW 3 Series Reviews From Owners (23 Reviews)

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By Cain Mayrant

on Jul/26/16 10:55 PM (UTC)

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Love my beemer

Great driving car. Supreme acceleration.

By CHDriver

on Feb/13/17 08:58 AM (UTC)

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Diesels Rule!

Buyers should try driving a "diesel" engine BMW before committing to a gasser. I have been a life-long diesel driver and the VW/Audi TDIs and now this BMW diesel just do not disappoint. The handling, torque and mpg make these cars great for long-term ownership. This car is a little over the top with electronics, but I do appreciate all the safety technology. This is a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) car, which made it affordable. Try it; you'll like it!

By Scott

on Feb/02/17 08:31 AM (UTC)

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Girlfriend loves the "her" car!

Got a CPO 2016 with less than 15K miles from local BMW dealer(Century BMW-Greenville, SC). Sales process was fantastic and made very easy! Dark gray exterior with black, non-leather seats...with the Sport package(a must). Handles wonderfully, but not a hot rod...at least for me. Girlfriend, for whom I bought it, loves it though as compared to her old 2013 Honda Accord. Doesn't have the navigation or even heated seats, but it is the core of what I grew up knowing about BMWs: great handling cars, with a torquey engine, and very-good build quality. Anxious myself to take it on a trip to air it out a little. She tells me the gas mileage is as good, if not better, than her Honda Accord. That's a welcome thing to hear! Hard to beat getting such a nice car for the same price as a brand new, but more mundane car. Only small complaint relates to the run-flat tires...not cheap at about $300/tire. Oh well...

By HoosierBMW

on Dec/30/16 07:06 AM (UTC)

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Third BMW... lease it instead

OK, here is a fair review of my third BMW. I have had 2 ...5 series...in the past. I bought them. After they got out of warranty they cost me a lot of money. So this time I decided to lease a car. Three series is smaller than the five ...obviously ..but it has grown over the years. The backseat has plenty of room. I find the three series less smooth.four-cylinder engine is a bit underpowered. I hate stop start function. Just turn it off. German interiors can be spartan, options add up quickly. There are a few nitpick cons I have. I hated that you have to unlock the door from the center of the console. Fake leather seats not quite as comfortable as the real leather. I drive is a mixed bag. The back up camera screen too small for a luxury car.Japanese car interiors are more intuitive. Controls are easier to read. If you don't get navigation then you can't speak to call... we have to use the rotary I drive dial. Get the parking sensors and the automatic door lock feature at a minimum. All-wheel-drive is a plus. I leased my BMW certified preowned. Got a great lease rate and the maintenance included. What I do like is the drive, the feel, The car hugs the road and gives you a great driving experience. I like the three driving mode feature...comfort,sport, eco.I got the white with black interior. I love this color combination.

By Bwing2003

on Dec/18/16 05:41 AM (UTC)

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2016 BMW 328i xdrive M-sport Estoril Blue

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' lighly 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 fraight 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.

By Kelvin Parson

on Nov/12/16 09:02 AM (UTC)

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Nice Car

It is a nice car and like most things about it. It does have road and wind noise though compared to previous BMW that I have owned. The menus for the iDrive are not that intuitive, but it does have many bells and whistles. The climate control is slow to respond to the temperature requirements for the fan.

By Frank Wheeler

on Aug/28/16 09:32 AM (UTC)

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Entry level luxury plus sporty performance

Simply put the best drivers car in this segment! I tried them all and this one feels the most connected eto the road. Put it in sports plus mode and it becomes a different animal'

By Ning Qu

on Jun/26/16 10:57 PM (UTC)

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Great car as the first owner for bmw

great car, but the interior is not good as expected

By Mdrive

on Jun/19/16 03:47 PM (UTC)

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Everything you would ever want in a sedan and more

Not too sure what the nay sayers are speaking about as the new F30's are just a dream to drive. The base models are just that, basic, but they will still offer a great ride without all the advancements of premium packages. Having had a plethora of sedans over the years we can wholeheartedly say this is by far THE best one yet. The 340i is a joy to drive and is a driver oriented car. The engine is smooth as silk and makes puts out some serious low end torque. For the price, this sedan is far worth it!

By Jon

on Mar/11/16 08:54 AM (UTC)

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By RickB

on Dec/20/16 09:27 AM (UTC)

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BMW 3 Number 3

This is my third 3 series and likely my favorite. Huge fan of the AWD. The sports seats are very comfortable and I love the speedometer projected onto the windshield and the rear backup camera. Navigation was used once and I am concerned as it routed me 80 miles for a trip that should be less than 20 miles. Hopefully user error but I am suspicious. Steering is light for me and not what it was in my 2011 nor my 2006.

By Sauda B

on Sep/09/16 05:45 PM (UTC)

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LOVE THIS CAR

Spacious but nicely fits into parking spaces. The car drives beautifully and is so good with steering. You can feel the power and accelerate, but it's not loud or noisy. Couldn't be happier.

By Marc Walther

on Jun/11/16 09:20 AM (UTC)

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By Basant Ray

on Jun/04/16 04:40 PM (UTC)

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Awesome car

I have it just for a week and this is awesome. Especially so since I upgraded from a Toyota Yaris. Handling and drive is awesome.

By BMW1320

on Nov/10/16 12:30 PM (UTC)

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Wish this was the car I thought I was buying

So far I've had the brakes completely redone, fuel pump replaced, dealer-inserted foam to stop a steering wheel road noise, worn out a set of tires at 33K due to a faulty alignment, and now the transmission is acting up intermittently. All this has been paid for out of warranty, except the alignment/tires. I asked BMW USA to fix the alignment, but they refused. I love the looks of this car, but would never buy another one. It makes me sad since I've always dreamed of owning a BMW.

By Muguy83

on Jun/18/16 01:00 PM (UTC)

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BMW figured it out

For 2016, BMW has really improved the 3 series, particularly the 328i model. I was very impressed with the handling, and interior upgrades that make the car feel more expensive and more like a true BMW again. The steering still has an artificial feel, but it is very precise and they have fixed the handling issues of the early models of this generation. The car feels well composed and can take just about anything you throw at it. Acceleration is terrific, and I found braking response to be just okay. The Harmon Kardon stereo sounds great, and I wish it was standard as it is in the 340 - would definitely recommend it. LED lighting package is well worth the money as it looks great with LEDs all around including turn signals front and rear. Safety ratings are superb with five stars, and lots of available safety enhancing technology. I hesitated for years to trade my 2011 3 series in for one of the new models, but I feel great about getting this 2016 328i x drive, as BMW has finally figured out what we wanted. This car is fantastic.

By Paul Tighe

on Jun/04/16 06:06 PM (UTC)

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By Joe H

on Mar/01/16 06:33 PM (UTC)

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Quick fun little car.

I purchased a white 320xi. It comes with 4 years free maintenance. It's my first BMW, comfortable, quick, and very smooth. I wanted a compact car, but I also wanted a solid car that looks good, and is safe, reliable, and fun to drive. The 320xi has plenty of power for me. It took 800 plus miles on the engine until I could feel it begin to break in. The design is very pleasing to the eye -- exterior & interior. The controls are logical, and easy use. I have the Sensatec faux leather which I think is excellent. I prefer it over leather in some ways, mostly because I think leather has a strange smell. I think it is a good quality, solid car, and a good value for the money. Excellent build quality. I did, however, trade it in for a Mercedes Benz E350, that has more comfortable seats and doesn't ride so low. (I traded the E350 for a Porsche Macan, that I think has a more heavy duty suspension, and more comfortable seats.) I have two negative opinions: First, no spare tire came with the car, and I'm not comfortable with that; and second, I found it difficult to get in and out of the 320xi, and the seats gave me a back ache. I would still recommend it, it just wasn't the car for me.

By UniqueMR

on Mar/15/16 10:18 PM (UTC)

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Best 3 series, under M3

I have own and driven my BMWs such as 740i,745i, M3s. I was going for M3 but settled on 340i. Its fast as previous e92 M3. BMW claims 0-60 between 4.6-4.8.

I have my 340i loaded with all the options and its worth it. I test drove 320i and 328i but I went with 340i. It has 320hp with 330lb.ft torque and can keep up with many cars on the road.

I really love driving it in Sport or Sport+ mode, plus exhaust is more deeper and fun.

I will recommend 340i or 340ix and its one step below M3. Plus you save $15-20K.

By Michael

on Aug/22/16 09:12 PM (UTC)

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Great performance, but very expensive.

After several months of researching all types of different vehicles I ultimately decided on purchasing the 2016 340i xDrive. Overall, this vehicle met my needs and after reading countless reviews (consumer and professional) the 340i remained in my top three narrowed down selection. My personal needs for a vehicle required performance, luxury, AWD (due to the snowy winters in Chicago), and decent gas mileage (sub par mpg with my last vehicle, 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8). My 340i is equipped with the cold weather package ($800), driver assistance package ($950), M sport package ($2,600), technology package ($2,750), and the track handling package ($1,700). $8,800 for those added options is very steep in my opinion but after getting a good trade-in value along with very low APR financing, as well as a tax credit and 4 years free maintenance I felt that it all balanced out. As for my impression of the vehicle, let me start off with the interior. Although many people tend to favor the interiors of Cadillac, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, etc...the BMW interior is still very nice and luxurious. I can understand if some people think it's beginning to appear a bit dated, but nonetheless it's still superior to many vehicles on the market. The Dakota leather sport seats are top notch quality and for the most part above average in terms of comfort. The anthracite headliner, aluminum and gloss black trim accents throughout the vehicle along with the ambient lighting (which is dimmable) all go together fairly nicely. The cabin is really quiet and there are no rattle like noises or unwanted vibrations. The exterior of the vehicle is the best looking to date for the 3 series sedan in my opinion. From the elegant lines on the hood and the minor refresh of the whole body in general gives the vehicle a great sporty look that is very tasteful but not overstated or too flashy. I opted for the black sapphire metallic paint and the 19" alloy orbit grey M sport wheels along with black kidney grilles complete the overall look. Now on to the performance. Let me tell you, this car can move and it is fast! It doesn't exactly give you the "throw you back in your seat" kind of feeling and I must admit I do miss that and all the rear wheel glory and torque of my previous SRT8, but I still experience an ultimate thrill and satisfaction while driving this car. The 8 speed automatic transmission is flawless. The AWD has a tenacious grip on the road and you feel like you have complete control at all times. I prefer to drive in the sport mode setting regularly as it is always responsive and ready to accelerate hard at any time. The start/stop fuel saver system is very intrusive and can be deactivated with a push of a button and I never use it. I have a lead foot and most of my driving is in the city and I'm averaging 16 mpg which for me is acceptable especially considering the performance you get with the 3.0 liter twin turbo V-6. I've read that 0-60 mph can be as low as 4.4 seconds which I don't doubt depending on the conditions and where you live of course. The adaptive M suspension is great, but comfort does suffer a bit if you're selecting the sport modes. The low profile run flat tires detract from the comfort too, but nothing that isn't tolerable. The handling on this car is great too. So much that it almost feels like you're driving a coupe. Although this is a sedan, it feels so light and steering it is so effortless without taking away from the overall driving experience. The M sport brakes are phenomenal and feel perfect and smooth (not too sensitive and not too soft) when I need to apply my foot to the pedal. I also really like the sound of the dual exhaust when I drive in sport mode. You'll definitely hear the "crackles and pops" when revving the engine and when you accelerate hard and ease off the gas pedal. I always look forward to getting behind the wheel of this car and just letting it open up on the road. But let me tell you, this car isn't perfect. I do have a few gripes with it. Mostly with the knob control of the display screen. It can get quite annoying. Turn the knob to scroll here, click this and click that, hit the back button to exit, and on and on. So many times I want to be able to just touch the screen and get to what I want with ease but I can't. I knew this beforehand of course and was willing to deal with it. Connecting your iPod or iPhone via Bluetooth or with a cable isn't the best in terms of integration with this vehicle either. The interface definitely needs some tweeking. For example, let's say you connect your phone via Bluetooth so you can play your music. Accessing playlists or trying to shuffle songs is not easy when dealing with the knob turn dial control. And with the lack of a touch screen, you can't just select what you want with ease. If you've had a Nissan/Infiniti or a Dodge, their infotainment systems are much better. Lack of a touch screen and remote start at this price point is disappointing.

By Kyle T

on Mar/17/16 02:52 PM (UTC)

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It's about time BMW makes standout

Definitely it's the best bang for your buck as performance vehicle as of today market. I have test drove numerous of cars, RC F, RC350, C450AMG, GS 350, Q50S hybrid, Cayman S & GTS, then finally settle for 340i. Two years ago I owned a 335I and told myself I m not going back to BMW again after I returned it. Therefore I test drove so many cars but not BMW, but then when I looked at BMW again to see if they have any new, that's when I discovered 340i, so I took my wife to the dealership to test drive it, we felt in love with the car immediately.

340i has so much torque from low rpm which my wife loves it compare to her IS350. 340i out performed IS350 easily, my wife is a big fan of Lexus but now she is driving the BMW daily now, I get to drive it on the weekend because we go everywhere together, you get the picture right, the car is mine but she gets to drive it, and i m stuck with the IS350 for the week.

Anyway love the car and definitely would own it after 2-3 Gen come out

By MJ

on Apr/26/16 01:16 PM (UTC)

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Test drive this before you buy a 328i

This is my family’s fifth BMW. I had a 2010 328i sedan and loved the performance. I have also driven the 2016 328i as a service loaner and was very impressed. When I first considered the 2016 320i it was with a lot of skepticism about the reduced horsepower compared to the 328. I am so glad I took it for a test drive. The acceleration is better than I expected, especially in Sport mode. I have an X3 with the 2.0 L Turbo and I would say the 320 in Sport mode is about as fast as the X3. Highway driving is great. I was cruising at over 80 mph and it seemed effortless. The handling and ride is excellent. It is everything you would expect in a BMW. The steering is precise, it can turn and stop on a dime. For those who are used to other luxury brands like Lexus or Mercedes, it may not be what you are used to. BMW owners will feel right at home. The car has fantastic leg room in the back seat (better than Audi A3 or A4 in my experience) and a huge trunk. It is a great combination of practicality with sportiness. Gas mileage is better than what I am getting on my X3. My only complaint is that the seats seem a little flat, but they are good enough. The Sport Package seats are better. I saved around $5,000 versus the 328 and it is money well-saved. The 328 is noticeably better in acceleration, but the 320 is a better value in my opinion. Both are excellent cars.

By Whoever

on Mar/08/16 04:21 PM (UTC)

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Competing with pro review on 340ix

I thought it might be useful for someone to get a more detailed review of this car based on personal experience of owning it and at the same time comparing it with other cars owed or tested. When somebody tells me 'I love my car, its great' it generally tells me very little. I heard that from the owners of KIA or Prius or Tahoe and other cars that I personally would try to avoid. They all have something good about them (if only the price) and are better than any car produced in India, for example, but that does not tell me exactly how these cars are really better or worse than others. And that's the only thing that really matters, for me at least. So here it goes.
I bought my new 340ix aboumonths ago and have about 1500miles on it now. Before that I owned for 3.5 years 335is coupe, before that Mercedes 320 Sport Edition and my wife owns (so me too to a degree) new Z4 35i and before that z4 35 sport and before that z3. Before getting into 340ix, while thinking of either re-leasing or replacing my 335is I tried BMW 435i, M325, 335i, M3, Mercedes c450amg, Audi4 and 5 and RS, Hyundai Genesis and that are all the cars (not to mention my experiences with rental Toyotas, VW, Chevrolet, Nissan and bunch of others) that I can compare. First, none of the tried cars were worth switching to from my 335is. With exception of M3. Which would go beyond what I was willing to pay. So finally arriving of the new 340ix did it.
It matched engine power with 335is, it had x drive which I found attractive (335is was not fun driving around ski resorts), it had a couple of luxury items I'd like to have and it was a new car I could have for almost the same lease money.

So what did I get? Considering I paid for M package, Track package, Park assist and ignored Navigation altogether.
Actually, not one but four cars with very distinct personalities. Consequence of track and M packages that provide several different modes of driving which are really something very noticeable, not just on paper statements. On other cars I tried and on my wife's Z4 those are also present, nothing new, but while you can feel the difference on other cars I feel its rather much more dramatic on 340ix.
So, starting with these modes:
First, they indeed can be useful and I do switch between them in different conditions.
Second, I cant say I'm particularly happy about them. I would be perfectly fine with one perfectly tuned suspension and steering. Which was the case in my 2012 335iS, frankly having the ideally tuned suspension and steering, better than any other car I tried so far (better even than in M3 and maybe better than Porsche Boxter). I don't know how they managed that but they did with 335is - exceptionally smooth, absorbing all the major road imperfection and at the same time razor sharp with just heavy enough and firm steering to feel the road and keep things under absolute control. Simply a joy to drive. Why BMW would not just stick with it?? People just keep saying that new BMW cars generation lost this handling edge but BMW stubbornly ignores that.

And these modes are:
1. ECO Pro - it could be even Eco Pro Pro or super pro or whatever else BMW marketing call them there would still be nothing 'Pro' here. This mode turns your BMW into Toyota Primus. It reduces the engine response to the gas pedal and add a bunch of indicators on display to let you sort of play some computer game, giving some saved miles bonuses, plots and tips, etc. Warning if you press too hard on accelerator pedal or exceed some speed limits. I played around with it while breaking in the car but frankly I can't see what an idiot (pardon) would buy BMW to drive it in Eco mode.
2. Comfort mode - that mode is actually better than on 335 or Z4. It feels a little firmer and more steerable. But still not what I would consider providing a good BMW-like driving experience. It provides reasonable engine output (press the pedal and you really go) and its smooth but IMHO a little bobbing on bumps and the steering is just too overpowered and soft which makes you a little nervous on high speeds. I still use it in rush hour and maybe its OK to use on gravel roads or something. But its still nowhere close to the standard 335is experience, worse than Z4 comfort mode and I would even prefer Mercedes 320Sport driving to that. It reminds me Buick leSabre on steroids. The worst part of it - its a default mode. You cant change it. Why??? Both Audi and Mercedes let you choose whats default, its all software. Mercedes even let you customize the parameters of the mode to choose your preferences. Why am I forced to drive in comfort mode the car most would buy for sporty behavior? That's plain stupid. Its the same on Z4. So if you bought the car not to show that you can buy luxury car but to indeed enjoy performance ride then you need not to forget to hit the mode button every time you start engine. That will give you a Sport mode.
3. Sport mode increases the responsiveness of the engine,


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    110.6 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    182.4 Inches
  • WIDTH, MAX W/O MIRRORS
    80.0 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    56.3 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    5.5 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3320 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    42.0 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    55.1 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    35.1 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    55.1 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    13.0 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    MANUAL
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.91 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    rear wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    Performance
  • Run Flat Tires
    Yes
  • Rear Tire Width
    255
  • Rear Tire Profile
    40
  • Rear Tire Speed Rating
    V
  • Front Tire Width
    225
  • Front Tire Profile
    45



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front
  • Knee Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Audio System Memory Feature
    Includes Audio System
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    16
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio
  • Watts
    600
  • Subwoofer
    2


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Entry Lights
    Exterior Entry Lighting
  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Auto Dimming Side Mirrors
    Electrochromatic
  • Side Mirror Memory
    Includes Exterior Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Climate Control Memory
    Includes Climate Control
  • Extended Cabin Heating/cooling
    Yes
  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Sun Sensor
    Yes
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    328i
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    15.8 galons
  • Brake Drying
    Yes
  • Rear Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

i Sedan / RWD / 8A

  • 0-60 Mph
    5.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    13.9 sec @ 99 mph
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i Sedan / RWD / 8A

  • 0-60 Mph
    5.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    13.9 sec @ 99 mph
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Sedan / RWD / 6M

  • 0-60 Mph
    5.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    13.6 sec @ 105.3 mph
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    Motor Trend

Sedan / RWD / 6M

  • 0-60 Mph
    4.8 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    13.3 sec @ 106 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

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  • Trade In Price
    $27,543
  • Private Seller Price
    $29,509
  • Dealer Price
    $30,992
  • Original MSRP
    $38,350


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2016 BMW 3 Series JD Power

  • Among the best

  • Better than most

  • About average

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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    22 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    34 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 BMW 3 Series Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    4 years / 50,000 miles
    3 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    4 years / 50,000 miles
    3 years
  • CORROSION
    12 years / Unlimited miles
    11 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    4 years / Unlimited miles
    3 years

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Pros

  • Upscale, spacious interior with logical and easy-to-use controls.
  • Balances sharp handling with a ride quality that won't beat you up
  • Engine choices that offer power, smoothness and fuel efficiency

Cons

  • Limited feature availability on base 320i.
  • Automatic stop-start system is intrusive


2016 BMW 3 Series True Cost Of Ownership

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ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,309$1,355 $1,402$1,451 $1,502$7,019
Maintenance$0$0 $0$2,241 $2,859$5,100
Repairs$0$0 $0$1,185 $1,822$3,007
Taxes & Fees$3,697$248 $218$193 $170$4,526
Financing$1,247$989 $721$445 $158$3,560
Depreciation$8,497$4,501 $3,962$3,511 $3,149$23,620
Fuel$1,869$1,926 $1,983$2,043 $2,104$9,925
True Cost To Own ®$16,619$9,019 $8,286$11,069 $11,764$56,757

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2016 BMW 3 Series NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 03/21/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While driving the vehicle which was in motion, a new 2016 bmw 328 gt, the brakes completely failed, car could not be stopped, emergency brake pulled with full pressure on brake pedal, car eventually slowed and stopped before striking other vehicles in its path. car returned to bmw and bmw stated that brakes now work. bmw refused to provide further assessment or service despite being aware of recent prior vehicles for bmw brake failure.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/18/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Incident date: 9/18 location: new york state vehicle mileage: 15,000 vehicle action: entering & accelerating on highway description: after approximately 1.5hrs of driving, on the way home from a wedding in rural new york, the vehicle experienced a significant loss of engine power, significant engine vibration and a warning message which displayed "drivetrain malfunction" when attempting to enter and accelerate on the highway. this required immediate action to assess the situation and make a safe exit from the highway. i was fortunate that traffic conditions at the time were light, otherwise this could have easily resulted in a significant accident leading to significant property damage or personal injury or death. temporary fix: once safely on the side of the highway, i contacted bmw roadside assistance. they advised me to turn the vehicle off while discussing options to have the vehicle serviced. after 5-10 minutes on the phone, without a good solution (given the rural location and day of the week), i decided to restart the car. upon restart, the vehicle turned over successfully and did not indicate an error. i decided to attempt to drive the vehicle, which made it the balance of the 4+ hour trip without incident. upon the open of business on monday 9/19, i intend to contact my local bmw service center to have the car diagnosed immediately.






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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Daily commuting and a weekend road trip made up the bulk of our BMW's time on the road in March.

2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for March

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
Daily commuting and a weekend road trip made up the bulk of our 2016 BMW 340i's time on the road in March. It's a common mix for a lot of 3 Series owners, we suspect, and this sport sedan handles mundane commutes through the city as well as it does a winding mountain road. It also delivers pretty impressive mileage figures, making it well suited to daily driver duty.

It wasn't all traffic and potholes, however, as one staffer snagged the sedan for a weekend golf trip. It put into perspective how much trunk space the 3 Series has available versus its larger 5 Series sibling. Let's just say that the 3 Series has its limitations.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get

We added only about 500 miles to our 340i xDrive in March. As such, our lifetime average and best fill-up remain unchanged from last month.

Average lifetime mpg: 23.9
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (22 city/32 highway)
Best fill mpg: 34.6
Best range: 518.4 miles
Current odometer: 21,518 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights

Interior
"I'd describe the current 3 Series' rear passenger space as just enough. Having adjusted the driver seat for my long-legged self, I was able to sit behind that seat with adequate legroom and headroom. The only issue was footroom during ingress/egress; I had to turn my feet sideways to make it work. But to me, that's fine for this segment. In other words, please, BMW, don't make the next 3 Series any bigger than this one." — Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Cargo Space
"I expected more golf-bag-friendliness from this generously proportioned 3 Series. Two lightweight bags barely fit in the trunk, and we had to take the driver out of one of them. Maybe there's a better way to Tetris them in there, but given that this 3 Series approximates the size of 5 Series past, I figured a couple of bags would be a breeze. Not so much." — Josh Sadlier

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

MPG
"I continue to be smitten with the fuel efficiency and range this powertrain provides. On my current fill I've covered about 315 miles in a variety of conditions, including a lot of stop-and-go, and I've got a quarter-tank remaining with 29 mpg showing on the trip computer. You'll recall that this is a conservatively rated 320-horsepower AWD beast that does zero to 60 in the mid-4s. BMW has unlocked a new level here. I don't love the engine's character, but I'm astonished by everything else." — Josh Sadlier

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Miscellaneous
"Noticed one of those distinctive run-flat bulges in the driver-side front tire's sidewall. No palpable vibration at speed; this was a visual ID while positioning the front wheels for a photo shoot. Something to take care of in the near future."— Josh Sadlier

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Check out the latest on our long-term 2016 BMW 340i xDrive for the month of February, including road-trip impressions and fuel economy.

2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

Where Did We Drive It?

This month our 2016 BMW 340i xDrive did plenty of commuting, but it also took a few breaks for weekend getaways. A trip to San Francisco saw the all-wheel drive come in handy during a torrential downpour, although the adaptive cruise control system's sensors didn't fare so well. After that adventure, the 340i probably appreciated being taken to a spa in the desert near Palm Springs, even if it couldn't relax in the natural thermal baths.

Whatever the destination, the 340i remains much in demand for its comfort, poise and speed. However, not everything is wine and roses with our Jatoba Brown Bavarian. Concerns have emerged that the 3 Series feels less special than it once did, even as it gains features that should make it more competitive on the market.

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
February's miles included two longer freeway journeys, which bumped up fuel economy a bit over January. Alas, the daily L.A. slog and periodic dips into the louder end of the 3.0-liter engine's rev range kept us from getting close to our lifetime best.

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Still, our average in February was 24.8 mpg, which is right in line with EPA estimates. The BMW has done remarkably well here despite that marvelous engine, which continually tempts us to misbehave.

Average lifetime mpg: 23.9
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (22 city/32 highway)
Best fill mpg: 34.6
Best range: 518.4 miles
Current odometer: 21,025 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"Perhaps a day will come when we're all zipping around in electric pods and the closest thing to an engine note is whatever's being pumped through the speakers. But we're hardly there yet, so I still have certain expectations for how a high-performance engine ought to sound. BMW, of course, has historically made some of the sweetest-sounding sixes in the business, and even its first turbocharged inline-six — the twin-turbo N54 — had a satisfyingly silken growl. I'm a little concerned about the company's latest efforts, however, including the admittedly potent lump under the hood of our 340i.

"To me, this turbo-six is the ultimate performance appliance: It's astonishingly capable and fuel-efficient, but it sounds hollow and uninspired, like a world-beating vacuum cleaner. Before you tell me that no one cares, let me tell you about Ferrari, which built its peerless brand in significant part on the music its engines emit. Between the 340i's underwhelming acoustics and the current M3's need for synthetic enhancement (see 'pumped through the speakers,' above), I'm afraid the F30 3 Series will be known as the generation when BMW's music died." — Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

"It's strange to drive a car with a communicative chassis and uncommunicative steering. My rear end tells me that I just hit a midcorner bump, but as far as the steering wheel is concerned I might as well be on a glass-smooth track. That said, it's a pleasant commuter car. Eco Pro mode has a function that allows you to coast like you would in a manual, where neutral is easily accessible. It's very intuitive and makes negotiating midspeed traffic much easier. But for sitting in summer traffic, I'd want to reconfigure Eco Pro to allow for full A/C." — Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

Interior
"Trunk space is deep but narrow, and rear seat space is borderline marginal, but that's OK because the front seats are comfortable and very adjustable." — Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

"I find it a little odd that there isn't a 'sync' button for the A/C system, so you always have to adjust driver and passenger temps separately. Or am I missing something?" — Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Audio & Technology
"I'm disappointed anew every time I fire up the 340i's standard 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, which is the optional premium upgrade on lesser 3 Series models. If I didn't know the specs, I'd guess it was the entry-level stereo instead. The bass isn't rich, the highs aren't crisp and the soundstage isn't full. I've played with all the settings; it just sounds flat no matter what. This is in stark contrast to the early E90 (previous-generation) 3 Series, which came standard with a dual-subwoofer 10-speaker setup that genuinely cranked. Also, the E90 M3's optional stereo was a high-powered beast, as I recall (it was in our 2009 long-termer). But BMW removed features from the standard stereo toward the end of the E90's run, and it sounds to me like that approach persists today. Pity. I used to look forward to the listening experience whenever a 3 Series came around." — Josh Sadlier

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

"Although the 3 Series is showing its age, the modern tech is all there. During my 200 miles with the car, I became very familiar with the radar cruise control and real-time traffic display on the navigation screen, as many of the miles were spent in bumper-to-bumper traffic going down to visit family and run errands in Orange County. On top of the iDrive controller is a small touchpad surface, and I found myself writing the letters to find destinations and input addresses far more often than using the scroll wheel to make selections. The iDrive system reads back the letters to you, so you can legitimately enter text without looking at the display." — Calvin Kim

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Miscellaneous
"While it might be objectively one of the best-performing cars in the fleet, I just can't seem to connect with our 3 Series. Yes, it's fast; yes, it handles extremely well; but it feels so devoid of character. Maybe it's the brown-on-brown-on-brown color scheme of our car, but this thing just doesn't stand out. At least in black, our old ATS stood out a bit. It was more aggressively styled, too. This Bimmer feels like one of a million here in L.A. And that certainly doesn't help the vibe I get while driving it." — Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Braving the weather and traffic of Southern California's limited rainy season, our BMW 340i shows some weaknesses and strengths.

2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
January was a busy month for our all-wheel-drive 2016 BMW 340i xDrive, and as the miles have steadily piled on, we've grown accustomed to the character of BMW's most popular sedan. Along the way, we've noticed some of the smaller details that long-term tests are designed to highlight, and we've even discovered some new quirks. In particular, Southern California's once-in-a-decade winter rainstorms wreaked havoc on our already challenged roads and brought forth an issue that many in snow country will surely experience.

Being the tail end of the holiday season, the first half of January allowed some of our editors to spend extended quality time behind the wheel. This is a rare treat — we're usually swapping in and out of cars two to three times a week. The second half was back to business as usual, with the 340i trading hands in quick succession and getting back to commuting duty.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We filled up five times over the course of over 1,600 miles, and saw an overall average of 20.5 mpg (high of 22.4 mpg, low of 18.9 mpg) during the month of January. Credit this to city driving, sitting in traffic and enjoying the 320 horsepower from the inline-six engine.

These results aren't uncommon for the BMW, but it goes to show you that your results will definitely vary based on usage patterns.

Average lifetime mpg: 24.1
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (22 city/32 highway)
Best fill mpg: 34.6
Best range: 518.4 miles
Current odometer: 19,266 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"As others have reiterated, the different drive modes (Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro) really change the behavior of the car. Comfort is good, but Sport is better. I tended to avoid Eco Pro as it reduced the responsiveness of the throttle and transmission beyond the range of acceptability." — Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Interior
"This will sound odd, but I've often appreciated the way BMW does sun visors, and the 340i is no exception. There's a lot of resistance to motion, and this is good — it means the visor (when in the side window position) doesn't swing around and hit me in the face when making moderately spirited left turns." — Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

Technology-Audio
"Torrential downpours greeted me as I departed Santa Barbara en route to Los Angeles. In the rain the 340i is as stable and confidence-inspiring as you'd expect. The rain-sensing wipers erred on the side of too infrequent for my liking, so I preferred the regular, dumb settings instead. No big deal. Heaps of traction is afforded by its AWD, which allowed me to deploy the 340i's considerable thrust without experiencing wheelspin." — Jason Kavanagh

"The radar system is smooth and reacts efficiently, although it takes the computer a moment to decide when a new lead car is relevant, leading to some harrowing moments of doubt about whether the BMW would stop itself in time." — Calvin Kim

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

"The frontal collision/adaptive cruise dingus doesn't like the rain. It chimed in with this display during my drive. It's an informative alert to be sure. As an aside, I predict that our inevitable autonomous future will be replete with sensor-washing systems, perhaps each with its own redundant system. Adaptive cruise was also disabled during my drive, which is no surprise since its function piggybacks on the frontal collision detection system. There is, apparently, a way to revert it to conventional 'dumb' cruise in this situation, but I was not in a position to research the owner's manual as directed (because driving). I instead futzed around with the cruise interface, holding buttons and such in a futile attempt to enable it via intuition. Oddly enough, the adaptive cruise would return if I cycled the 'power' on the cruise. Then it would click off again with the alert above after several minutes. There was really no rhyme or reason to the interval. Everything worked fine again once dry (and with no manual cleaning of the sensor), which leads me to believe this might be a maintenance item to check during its next service." — Jason Kavanagh

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

December 2016 Update

2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
It's been a weird month for me and our long-term 2016 BMW 340i. The editors here at Edmunds generally sign out a different vehicle Monday through Wednesday and stay in something from Thursday through Sunday. With the holidays, however, we ended up keeping one vehicle for over two weeks straight.

Since I'm a Los Angeles native, there weren't any epic drives to Grandma's house, just a bunch of short trips and errands in our 340i. 

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Unsurprisingly, our 340i's lifetime average for fuel economy dropped while the car was in my care. What can I say? I like performance. Still, it was only a 0.2-mpg drop, and we're doing pretty well against the EPA estimates.

Average lifetime mpg: 24.4 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 25 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway)
Best fill mpg: 34.6 mpg
Best range: 518.4 miles
Current odometer: 17,664 miles

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"The difference between Comfort and Sport+ driving modes is sizable. It sounds corny, but it's like you get a different car in those modes, and both are excellent at what they're intended for. In Sport+ mode, you hear a subtle crackle from the exhaust on throttle overrun. I approve!" — Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

"I'm always astounded by the 340i's lovely powertrain. On paper, the specs aren't exactly eye-popping (320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque from a turbo-six are just 10 hp and lb-ft more than the Ford Mustang's turbo-four manages), but real-life performance is fantastic. At our test track, our BMW pummeled an automatic-equipped Mustang by 1.5 seconds in a zero-to-60-mph sprint. On the road, the 340i's accelerator pedal has a bit of resistance that I appreciate. It sounds silly to say, but it makes you feel like unleashing the engine's power is a deliberate decision that is not to be taken lightly." — Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

"It finally rained in L.A.! I took the BMW out to a special area where I can test out a car's handling on wet pavement and was both disappointed and impressed. First, I was disappointed because I totally forgot our 340i is the xDrive all-wheel-drive model and it just wouldn't get squirrelly enough for me. Usually with a rear-wheel-drive BMW, I can have a bit of hooligan, tail-out fun. Not so in our 340i. That said, it was impressively quite controllable, even with the stability control system turned off." — Mark Takahashi

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Comfort
"We've written about BMW's front sport seats before, but it bears repeating: BMW makes some of the best thrones in the game. They feature a multitude of adjustments, including four-way lumbar and adjustable side bolsters. But the highlight for me is the seat bottom, which offers a steep incline and extendable thigh support, a boon to tall drivers like me. The headrest can also be angled forward quite a bit, too. Best of all, these seats come standard on most 3 Series models except the 320i, where they are included in the Sport package." — Cameron Rogers

Technology-Audio
"After a few days with the 340i, I didn't have to look at buttons for the various drive modes, iDrive (media, phone and navigation) and on the steering wheel. That tells me they're thoughtfully and logically placed." — Mark Takahashi

"Standard on the 340i is a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and it sounds great. From Beethoven to Lil Jon, the speaker delivered precisely what you'd want, and that's power and clarity. If you like strong audio, it may be worth upgrading to this if you get a supporting 3 Series model." — Mark Takahashi

"I like the way the adaptive cruise control works in our long-termer, though I agree with a previous post that it's not quite as good as the Mercedes system." — Mark Takahashi

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

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We've got the latest report on Edmunds' 2016 BMW 340i long-term test car. Read on for updates on performance, maintenance, mpg and more.

2016 BMW 340i: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2016 BMW 340i about 1,500 miles during the month of November. It was an an uneventful month, truth be told. But it rained here in Southern California (something of an event!) and that gave us a chance to test out our car's traction-enhancing all-wheel drive. We also visited a BMW dealership for some warranty work and impressed visiting family members during Thanksgiving. All and all, it was a solid month for our 340i.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
For the month, we averaged 25.3 mpg. That's right at what the EPA says to expect for a 2016 340i with all-wheel drive. You might even consider this to be better than expected given how compelling it is to give the 340i the spurs and take advantage of the turbocharged engine's 320 well-bred ponies. The same could be said for our lifetime average, which is holding steady at close to 25 mpg.

Average lifetime mpg: 24.6 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 25 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway)
Best fill mpg: 34.6 mpg
Best range: 518.4 miles
Current odometer: 16,408 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
When I brought our 340i in for a oil change service back in August, the dealership wasn't able reset the car's oil change indicator. A diagnosis eventually led to the discovery that our car's oil level sensor was defective. At the time, though, the dealership didn't have the part (it had to be special-ordered from Germany). I decided to just wait until a more convenient time to get our car fixed.

This month, at the 16,109-mile mark, I took the 340i to my local BMW dealer (BMW Fresno) to have the sensor ordered and installed. It took about half a day and was covered under warranty. From the service invoice: "As per previous diagnosis, found faulty oil level switch. Drained oil into clean container. Removed and replaced oil level sensor and reinstalled oil and reset lights."

2016 BMW 340i

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"Our 2017 BMW 340i's handling capability does little to impress. This isn't a luxury sport sedan that inspires me to seek out curvy roads or take the long way home, nor is it a willing or energizing sedan the way I'd hope a 3 Series would be. Much of the blame could go to the lifeless steering. It provides little feedback or a sense of control. On occasions when I've thrown our 340i into a turn, it feels heavy, too. The good news is that our 340i is a secure and stable sedan. But it's just not much fun when the road bends." — Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

"We've got an all-wheel-drive 340i, as indicated by its xDrive name. It's pretty much unnecessary considering it's sunny and warm about 95 percent of the time in Southern California (which is where Edmunds is based). But it did rain today, and that gave me a chance to see what happens when you give the gas pedal a solid whack. Answer: It's the same outlandish acceleration as when the pavement is dry. No wheelspin or drama, just warp speed. Whee! Our 340i is an all-season sport sedan." — Brent Romans

2016 BMW 340i

Maintenance
"I hopped into our 340i this morning and noticed that the tire pressure warning light was on. It's getting cold here in California (cold for us thin-skinned Californians, anyway), and experience has shown that low pressure indicators often pop up because of the lower temperatures. But you never really know, right? It could also be an actual tire puncture. Thankfully, our 340i provides very useful tire pressure information. It shows up on two displays: a basic one in the gauge cluster and a more detailed one on the central display screen. By monitoring the tire pressures, I confirmed they weren't dropping further, so it was indeed just the cold temps that had set it off. I inflated our tires up a bit to compensate for the colder temps, and all is well again." — Brent Romans

2016 BMW 340i

Cargo Space
"Although the 3 Series may have grown over the years, it's still not quite the full-fledged executive sedan you might think it is. Take the trunk for instance. You can barely fit one standard size golf bag in it. If fact, I had to take my driver out just to get it in there without bending anything. Of course, if you really had to fit another bag in there, you could always fold the backseats down. Three bags isn't going to happen without a little creative packing." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

2016 BMW 340i

Technology-Audio
"Is this BMW's idea of helpful traffic information? There's way too much data crammed onto the navigation screen. You can't see the difference between the highway traffic and the surface streets. It's a mess and far from helpful. It should default to highway traffic only and make the streets a different color. Otherwise it's just a maze of colorful lines that mean nothing." — Ed Hellwig

2016 BMW 340i

"Compared to many touchscreen infotainment interfaces, BMW's iDrive is harder to learn. There's more of a learning curve required to know how to make it work and find what you want. But the good news is that once you learn it, it's a superior interface. Using the knob-based controller (and the surrounding physical buttons) requires less of your attention than pushing virtual buttons on a touchscreen, and that translates to less driver distraction. iDrive's menu structure is logical, too. Of the main infotainment interfaces out there, iDrive continues to be my favorite." — Brent Romans

Miscellaneous
"It was fun having the keys to our 340i during the Thanksgiving holiday. I shuttled a few visiting family members around, and they all came away impressed. I even got to point out and employ the heated rear seats for my mother-in-law, and for that I'm sure I scored a point or two. At one point, though, my father-in-law asked how much our 340i cost. I pretty much blew his noodle when I told him that our car ran about $60,000. 'Geez, that much? I'll stick with my Chevy Malibu, thanks,' was his retort." — Brent Romans

2016 BMW 340i

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

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Edmunds conducts a long-term test of a 2016 BMW 340i xDrive and shares impressions gleaned from the past month of driving it.

2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on November 14, 2016

Where Did We Drive It?
In October our long-term 2016 BMW 340i xDrive pointed north for a sojourn in Vancouver, British Columbia. It ventured there with a few stops in each state along the way. After all, in the parlance of billiards, there's a lot of green between there and here.

The route initially took us from Los Angeles to Petaluma, California, via the interminably boring Interstate 5, the idea being simply to put a big distance in early. From there we veered toward the ocean, where the good roads are, and onward to the Lost Coast, then Portland; Corvallis, Oregon;  Seattle and finally Vancouver. And back. We encountered a wide range of terrain, including lumpy and unmaintained pavement, washboard dirt roads and truck-mutilated Oregon freeways. After a brief spell back at the homestead, the 340 served additional daily-driver duty in Fresno, California.

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Average lifetime mpg: 24.7
EPA mpg rating: 26 combined (22 city/33 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 34.6
Best range: 518.4 miles
Current odometer: 14,640 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
No maintenance was performed during the month of October, though one peculiar occurrence will be inquired about the next time it goes in. At one point during the road trip to Canada, the 340i's plastic dashboard panel directly above the center console fell out. Just like that. This occurred after some extended driving on bumpy pavement, which doesn't excuse the barfing of the panel.

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"In the immortal words of Han Solo: 'She might not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid.' On the outside, our long-term test car is your typical 3 Series suburbia cruiser. Brown paint, even! But mash the gas and this 340i will out-accelerate just about every other car on the road." — Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

"Fantastic road-trip car. Power, control, comfort, and it's legitimately hard not to get 30-plus mpg. The F30 3 Series has been knocked around by the automotive press for its 'steering feel' and such, but for my money, this 340i is the best car in its segment." — Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Interior
"OK, so I gave our BMW 340i praise last week about its interior design. But this trim piece below the climate controls is disappointing. It's not quite the same color shade as the rest of the dash, and it doesn't feel solid or high-quality. In fact, I can easily pull it off with just a few fingers! As Donald Trump might tweet: Sad!" — Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

"The panel that Brent noticed is loosey-goosey is, in fact, precisely that — it vomited out of the dashboard of its own accord while I was driving on rural California roads. The panel remained tethered by a wire fastened to its underside, so it sort of flopped around on the center console until I could reach a safe stop. After I stopped laughing, I gave the panel a cursory inspection to determine if it was broken. It appeared to be intact, so I pushed it back into place. Apparently, it does not have a very robust mooring in the dash, considering Brent was so easily able to remove it. Not saying he has small, weak hands or anything. Just saying." — Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

Technology-Audio
"This car has one of the loudest stereos in our fleet. Seldom am I able to turn something up to 75 percent volume and say, 'Yep, that's enough,' but with this car that's definitely the case. The sound quality above those levels is still good as well. And this is all when I'm playing music via Bluetooth, which normally has a lower volume than other sources. Good on ya, BMW." — Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

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Our $60,000 2016 BMW 340i comes loaded with nearly every option you could want. Except the one option we really want--seat coolers.

2016 BMW 340i: Our $60K 3 Series Is Missing Something

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on November 3, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Our long-term 2016 BMW 340i seems like it can do no wrong. However, BMW seemingly forgot about the feature that we warm-climate dwellers value as much as the rest of the world values catching rare Pokemon.

I am of course referring to seat coolers, or ventilated seats, or the greatest vehicle feature since air-conditioning. You won't find it in our $60k 340i, or in any 3 Series, for that matter.

My sister is looking for a new car to replace her beloved Audi A4 2.0T Quattro (with a proper six-speed manual gearbox). She was here in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, visiting from another warm climate, and I took her for a ride in the impressive new 2017 Jaguar F-Pace SUV. Her main takeaway from that ride was that her next car needed to have seat coolers. I guess she won't be looking at a 3 Series.

By comparison, BMW's main competitors in this space — Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus — all offer seat ventilation as an option. In fact, Kia managed to let this interior essential trickle all the way down to its Soul + model. That's right, you can get a 2016 Kia Soul + with seat ventilation for less than $25,000. I let my sis know.

So if you were beginning to think that our 340 was perfect, I'm here to tell you it isn't. But it's still my favorite car in the fleet.

Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 5,126 miles

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

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The 2016 BMW 340i doesn't suffer from the same door-handle shortcomings as the BMW 2 Series.

2016 BMW 340i: A Better Handle on Door Design

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on September 23, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

If there was one thing I didn't like about getting into our old long-term BMW M235i, it was closing the door. With the significant length and weight of the door plus the odd placement of the grab handle, it was like having a door knob mounted on the same side as the hinges.

Thankfully, the same design miscues don't apply to our current 2016 BMW 340i.

2016 BMW 340i

This design better suits the shorter and lighter sedan door in terms of mechanical leverage. The handle is located closer to the door's center, and it's easy to reach once you're seated inside. Personally, I find the the 3's handle more aesthetically pleasing, too.

Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 5,000 miles

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

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Our long-term 2016 BMW 340i improves its fuel economy once again thanks to a road trip to the Pacific Northwest.

2016 BMW 340i: August Fuel Economy Update - Back in Balance

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on September 16, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Last month we reported a dip in average fuel economy for our 2016 BMW 340i, largely due to a string of tanks inefficiently drained in LA city traffic. We needed a good road trip to help bring things back into balance, which is exactly what Editor Sadlier provided this month with a comfy cruise to the Pacific Northwest.

The long highway stretches, combined with Sadlier's impressive display of restraint, netted us a record tank of 518.4 miles and 34.6 mpg, easily besting the EPA's 33-mpg highway estimate. An all-time monthly high of 27.7 mpg was enough to push our 340i's lifetime average back above 24 mpg, which is where it was before the early summer months.

Now that school's back in session, we could be facing another low-efficiency month with the increased traffic. That may be all the reason we need to leave town again.

Worst Fill MPG: 14.2
Best Fill MPG: 34.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 24.5
EPA MPG Rating: 26 Combined (22 City/33 Highway Combined)
Best Range: 518.4 miles
Current Odometer: 9,261 miles

Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 9,261 miles

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test

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If you like a car with a very capable air conditioner, you'll love the 2016 BMW 340i.

2016 BMW 340i: Can Freeze You Out in the Middle of Summer

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 13, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

German cars are not known for having frosty air conditioners, yet our 2016 BMW 340i can freeze your fingers off with the best of them. I find myself gradually turning the temperature up as I drive home to stay comfortable in the evening.

I also noticed that the 340i's air conditioner has a tendency to create condensation at the bottom of the windshield on certain settings. Haven't seen a car do that in a while, at least not on a hot day.

If it ever gets cold around here, we'll test out its ability to defog the windshield, but that's going to be a while. A very long while.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 9,433 miles

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