Recall Alert: 76,200 BMW Cars and SUVs

BMWRecall
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 [email protected] 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.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 1, 2013 | Comments (6)

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 BMW 328i refused to budge from the top of our list of most-read reviews this week, holding fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Returning to the roster this week is the 2013 BMW X1, the X3's smaller sibling, at No. 6. Meanwhile, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, the 2014 versions of the Toyota 4Runner and the Ford Taurus make their debuts. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Subaru Forester

4. 2013 Toyota RAV4

5. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

6. 2013 BMW X1

7. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
8. 2014 Ford Taurus

9. 2014 Infiniti Q50

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2013 | Comments (3)

2013 BMW X1: More Photos

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BMW's lineup includes a confounding amount of wagons and SUVs, but Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek said the automaker got it right with the X1. Although it's small, Bruzek says it delivers big when it comes to value, fuel economy and driving excitement.

Two-wheel-drive versions of the 2013 BMW X1 start at $31,725 (all prices include a $925 destination fee). Our test model was an all-wheel-drive xDrive 28i with a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder starting at $33,425.

Click here for the full review and check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 30, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014JeepCherokee

There was very little movement of note on this week's list of most-read reviews, as the 2014 Jeep Cherokee retained the No. 1 spot. The lone newcomer was the 2013 BMW X1, the smaller sibling of the X3 that Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek called "downsizing done right." Bruzek's X1 review checks in at No. 9. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50

3. 2013 BMW 3 Series
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

7. 2013 Toyota Avalon

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 BMW X1

10. 2013 Ford Fusion

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Four newcomers shook things up in the top five on this week's most-watched videos list, led by PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor at No. 1. Williams got an up-close look at the Tremor recently at the Michigan International Speedway. Although Williams didn't get to drive it, he did sit in the passenger seat as professional driver Brad Keselowski took it for a couple of exciting laps in the No. 3 video. Meanwhile, the 2013 BMW X1 and 2014 Kia Cadenza bowed at Nos. 2 and 5, respectively. Check out what was popular:

1. 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor
2. 2013 BMW X1
3. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor
4. 2013 Infiniti M35h

5. 2014 Kia Cadenza

By Matt Schmitz | August 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 BMW X1

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"Downsizing done right." That's how Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek describes the 2013 BMW X1, the smaller, more fuel-efficient sibling of the X3. Car shoppers interested in the BMW luxury experience without the BMW luxury price by and large will find what they're looking for in this subcompact SUV. Bruzek says that while the X1 sacrifices some rear-passenger and cargo space, as well as high-tech features, buyers won't miss out on a plush interior and a zippy, agile driving experience — nor will they miss out on the $8,000 more they'd otherwise have spent on the X3.

2013 BMW X1 Review

By Matt Schmitz | August 20, 2013 | Comments (4)

2013 BMW X1 Video

If you're OK with sacrificing some roominess, BMW's new entry-level crossover will have you wondering, "X3 who?" Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the X1 is more "large hatchback" than "small SUV," boasting nimble handling, quality cabin materials and impressive room for the driver and front passenger. Trade-offs include a narrower backseat and limited cargo space compared with the larger X3, as well as stiff ride quality and less-than-practical cupholders. Still, with this level of quality for the price, the X1 doesn't penalize buyers for being "entry level." Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 BMW X1: Car Seat Check

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BMW's smallest crossover offers a premium interior and a pair of potent, fun-to-drive turbocharged engines. Second-row occupants may not be as enthusiastic about the X1, however. A narrow backseat and lack of legroom made for a tight fit with our rear-facing child-safety seats.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 BMW X1

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BMW's all-new X1 is a pint-sized crossover with a sophisticated interior and performance chops, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. This subcompact crossover can pull family duty. It worked well for Sara and her 8- and 10-year-olds, but families with kids in rear-facing child-safety seats will want to make sure the X1 has enough room in the backseat. The cargo area is small but functional, though a large jogging stroller could be a tough fit.

2013 BMW X1 Family Review

By Jennifer Newman | May 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

10 Years Later, SUVs Remain Vital for Luxury Brands

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It has been over a decade since the BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX and others took the luxury segment by storm. Over time, many may have forgotten what kind of impact this new group of vehicles made on their companies' bottom lines, but they — along with smaller crossovers — still play a major role in the market.

Like NFL fans who didn't fully realize what they were missing until replacement referees embarrassed the league, Infiniti dealers weren't completely aware of how successful a proper crossover could be until the JX arrived. Sales of the two-row, overtly sporty FX had fallen every year since 2004. The big QX, though surprisingly successful, competes in a lower-volume sector. In September, the JX made up 24% of all Infiniti sales. Although the JX, now the brand's best-selling utility vehicle, has been on sale only since March, Infiniti's four SUVs and crossovers have been responsible for 39% of the brand's 86,596 sales in 2012. In 2002, Infiniti sold one SUV; it accounted for 19% of the brand's total volume.

What kind of impact does that have on a brand? Total Infiniti car sales for 2012 are up just 2.5%; its "trucks" leapt up 63.6%. The brand overall for 2012 is up 20%.

By Timothy Cain | October 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

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