Vehicles Affected: Approximately 76,200 model-year 2012-14 vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines, including the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4.
The Problem: An interruption in the oil supply to a part could mean the loss of power braking assist; this could require the driver to press harder on the brake pedal in order to stop.
The Fix: BMW will notify affected owners by mail, and dealers will repair the problem in the power braking system.
What Owners Should Do: The automaker said drivers who lose power brake assist should pull over and call for roadside assistance. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com for more info; they can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.More Recalls
It's simply the best, better than all the rest — better than any car, any car put to the test. That's the sentiment Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder expressed toward the BMW 328i after its commanding victory in our $46,000 Sport-Sedan Challenge. The 328i's balance of performance and practicality is its greatest asset, boasting excellent acceleration, handling and braking with pack-leading fuel economy and competitive interior comfort. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 6.6-second zero-to-60 time prove quickness and efficiency can coexist. An abrupt engine start/stop feature tops Wiesenfelder's short list of criticisms.
A pickup truck and a compact luxury car are among the latest vehicles crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
NHTSA gave the new-for-2014 wagon version of the all-wheel-drive BMW 3 Series (328i xDrive) an overall safety rating of five stars out of five. The wagon is a twin of the model-year 2013 sedan, so the ratings are the same, said NHTSA spokesperson Kil-Jae Hong. Both the sedan and wagon earned an overall five-star score comprised of four stars in the frontal test and five stars in side and rollover testing. The coupe has not yet been tested.
Two- and four-wheel-drive versions of the redesigned-for-2013 Ram 1500 pickup received an overall safety rating of four stars from NHTSA — the rating applies to regular cab, crew-cab and extended-cab versions. All models earned five stars in side-impact testing; four-wheel-drive models earned just three stars in rollover tests while two-wheel-drive versions scored four stars. Its rival, the 2013 Ford F-150, hasn’t been crash-tested; the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also received an overall score of four stars.
Joining other trim levels in the recently redesigned 3 Series lineup is the new 2013 320i sedan. Power comes from a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct injection that makes 180 horsepower. The engine teams with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission or optional six-speed manual. BMW claims this new entry-level model will do zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.
When the wagon version of the 2013 3 Series goes on sale next spring, it’ll share its sedan sibling’s twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the redesigned-for-2012 sedan, the powertrain makes 240 horsepower and is EPA rated at 23/33 mpg city/highway. The previous Sport Wagon was equipped with a 230-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder.
In 3 Series tradition, the sedan and wagon will eventually be joined by coupe and convertible models. Continue below for more wagon photos.
BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon: First Look
2012 BMW 3 Series Rated at 33 mpg Highway
Should the EPA Have Changed the BMW 328's Mileage?
Rising gas prices brought shoppers back toward fuel-efficient small cars and hybrids, with the hot-selling Toyota Prius — up a staggering 52% in February sales — taking just nine days to turn. The Prius is EPA-rated at up to 51 mpg, but four other cars with 40 mpg or better EPA ratings made this month's Movers list. Just two cars, the redesigned BMW 3 Series and Lexus GS, topped the Prius. The Volvo XC90 was the only anomaly. Despite light incentives, shoppers are snapping up the 10-year-old SUV.
Of January's top 10 movers, seven stayed in the mix. The Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne slipped below our minimum transaction threshold, while the Land Rover Range Rover fell to 27 days. That's still better than February's average, which was 39 days to turn — a slowdown from January's 34 days but far less than February 2011's 47 days.
It’s not likely that many folks would shop at a BMW dealership looking to cash in on the Cash for Clunkers program, which is why the company has launched a new incentive to promote its two fuel-efficient diesel models. A $4,500 “eco-credit” will go toward the purchase of either a new BMW 335d or an X5 xDrive35d, on top of current financing offers, and with no trade-in required.
A 335d starts at $43,900, so according to the government program’s rules, it could qualify for either $3,500 or $4,500 in federal funds when exchanged for a clunker, no matter how many options it was loaded up with. The 335d is also eligible for a $900 tax credit. The 335d gets combined mileage of 27 mpg, versus a gas 335i’s 20 mpg, while still delivering a thrilling driving experience. We found a few modestly equipped 335d models in Cars.com’s inventory for $45,225. Add all the above incentives, and those would end up costing $35,325. Read our full review of the 335d here.
The X5 starts at $51,200 and thus would not be eligible for the government incentive (program rules say any vehicle with an MSRP over $45,000 can’t be bought using Cash for Clunkers), but with BMW’s eco-credit it would cost less than a base X5 xDrive30i. The diesel incentive offer runs through August.
BMW has issued a recall notice for all 1 Series and 3 Series vehicles from the 2008 model year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall is due to incorrect crimp connectors used on the side airbag and belt tensioner wiring.
Insufficient contact between the crimp connector and the corresponding plug could lead to an increase in the electrical resistance of the connection, which could cause the airbag to fail to deploy during an accident. Obviously, an airbag failing to deploy could lead to more severe injury in the event of an accident.
BMW hasn’t provided NHTSA with its remedy or notification schedule for the repair, but owners may contact BMW at 800-831-1117. They may also contact the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.
Yesterday, BMW announced pricing on its soon-to-be-released diesel vehicles. The 335d sedan will start at $43,900, with the X5 xDrive35d going for $51,200, excluding an $825 destination charge. That’s a $1,900 price premium over a similar gasoline-powered 3 Series and $4,100 over the standard X5, though both are eligible for tax credits.
Both vehicles feature the same powertrain: a 265-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six producing 425 pounds-feet of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. BMW says the 335d will achieve 23/33 mpg city/highway, while the X5 xDrive35d will get 19/25 mpg. The gasoline-powered 335i gets 17/26 mpg, which makes the diesel roughly 30% more efficient — about equivalent to the difference in price between a gallon of premium and a gallon of diesel. The improved mileage also puts the 3 Series on par with most midsize four-cylinder sedans in fuel efficiency, yet it achieves 0-60 mph acceleration of 6.2 seconds. The X5 xDrive35d’s fuel economy is competitive with Mercedes’ Bluetec M-Class.
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