Recall Alert: 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series


Vehicles Affected: About 574,000 model-year 2000-06 BMW 3 Series luxury cars manufactured between May 1999 and August 2006

The Problem: This is a voluntary expansion of a May 2013 recall of 42,000 3 Series cars to replace the passenger-side front airbag; the airbag inflator may deploy the device with too much pressure, causing a rupture and, possibly, serious injury to occupants. The problem is related to the massive recall involving several other automakers whose vehicles are equipped with airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a worldwide supplier of airbags. BMW said this recall, which excludes the models recalled in the 2013 campaign, is precautionary. The automaker is unaware of any incidents involving related to this issue.

The Fix: BMW will notify owners by mail, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag module. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 BMW 4 Series Review


"Along with its new name, the all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe is much more defined than the 3 Series coupe it replaces," reviewer Joe Bruzek said. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2014 | Comments (3)

Volt Versus All: How Does Chevy's Plug-in Hold Up Against the Plug-In Competition?

2011ChevroletVolt owned one of the earliest Chevrolet Volts in the country for more than a year and experienced the highs and lows of ownership. I've had my own Bow-Tie brand plug-in for nearly two years, and I've routinely been one of our editors tapped to test newcomers to the electrified car segment from an electric Fiat to new plug-ins from BMW, Ford and Toyota.

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Yet, the Volt remains a lightning rod in many ways ... pun slightly intended. Rumors suggest we're at least six months away from seeing a second-generation Chevrolet Volt and probably at least a year away from driving one. The question then becomes, is the Volt the best plug-in hybrid out there, or is one of the newcomers a better choice?

By Aaron Bragman | July 2, 2014 | Comments (4)

BMW, Chrysler, Ford Join Ever-Expanding Airbag Recall


Three more major automakers have joined the massive expansion of the recall action involving airbags that could deploy with too much pressure and cause injury. BMW, Chrysler and Ford added their names to the roster of automakers — which already includes Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota — that are recalling millions of vehicles equipped with a faulty airbag inflator, manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. As we reported Monday, Honda, Mazda and Nissan announced they are recalling millions of vehicles to fix the airbag problem that was supposedly addressed last year; that followed Toyota's June 11 recall announcement of its expansion of the initial April 2013 recall. Today's announcement comes as 2014 reaches a new record for U.S. recalls, now topping 31 million — well over half of which are from GM, beleaguered by its ignition-switch debacle.

Get the full story from the Detroit News, here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 BMW M235i Review


"The BMW M235i subcompact coupe is bigger, better looking, faster and more fun than the 135i it replaces, but a disappointing lack of standard features quickly drives the price up and the desirability down," said reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 23, 2014 | Comments (4)'s Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers


When I was 10, my dad set me and a go-kart loose in an abandoned parking lot, free to zip around the blacktop. At that age, you don't give a thought to how much gas costs; it's all about the fun. At this age, however, fuel economy is a big consideration when it comes to buying a car, but it doesn't have to trump the fun-to-drive factor.

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There are plenty of cars that offer both fun and fuel savings, from affordable subcompacts and gas-electric hybrids to pricier luxury cars and diesel-powered vehicles. To qualify for this list, a car has to have an EPA combined rating of 30 mpg, while bringing out the inner go-kart-loving kid in all of us:

By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 BMW X6: First Look


Competes with: Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne

Looks like: Similar to the X5's updated front end, the new X6 wears a chunkier front bumper and revised 3-Series-style grille

Drivetrain: 300-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder; 445-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission; and rear- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: late 2014

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BMW recently redesigned its X5 crossover, so it's no surprise that the related X6 is also getting an update for 2015. The swoopy "sports activity coupe" gets freshened styling, a new rear-wheel-drive model and a tweaked version of last year's V-8.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

BMW, GM Shine in Latest Frontal Crash-Prevention Tests


BMW and GM vehicles were among six of the eight cars that received the top score, superior, in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's latest frontal-crash prevention test. The test debuted last September and awards frontal-collision warning systems one of three scores: basic (driver warning only), advanced (warning with moderate auto-braking) and superior (warning with good auto-braking). IIHS conducts auto-braking tests at 12 and 25 mph with an inflatable obstruction.

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The latest test crop included 24 cars, mostly luxury models. All were 2014s, save the 2015 Audi A3 and Hyundai Genesis sedan. The BMW 5 Series sedan and X5 SUV ranked superior with optional auto-braking collision warning systems, as did the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Hyundai Genesis with similar systems. GM's Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala also earned the top score for the models' optional auto-braking collision warning systems. Thirteen other vehicles — the Audi A3 and A6; the BMW 2 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series and X5; the Buick LaCrosse; the Dodge Durango; the Infiniti QX50 and QX70; the Lexus IS and GS; and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class — earned advanced scores. Finally, the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti Q70 and Toyota Avalon received basic scores.

By Kelsey Mays | May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mini Superleggera Concept Very Un-Mini (20 Photos)


Spectators at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 classic-car contest in Lake Como, Italy, received a bilingual greeting of "All right?" and "Buongiorno!" as BMW introduced the Mini Superleggera Vision. The automaker described the electric-powered roadster concept car as "modern Britishness meets Italian flair," but the first thing you'll likely notice is its minimal Mini-ness. The Superleggera easily bears the least resemblance to any previous Mini model we've seen.

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The Superleggera combines Italian body construction with Mini's iconic British visual cues on the outside, and inside uses leather, aluminum and black chrome flourishes, according to the automaker.

What do you think of this Mini concept's blending of European cultural influences? Sound off in the comment section and check out the gallery of manufacturer's photos below.

By Matt Schmitz | May 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW X5


Vehicles Affected: About 6,400 model-year 2014 BMW X5 luxury crossovers manufactured between Dec. 12, 2013, and March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft Close Automatic option.

The Problem: The rear side-door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured correctly, and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage. This could allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: BMW began notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear side-door locks; any affected door locks will be replaced for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit, for more info.

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