Dash Rattle - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Dash Rattle

April 9, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT

I took our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo (that's a mouthful) on our 116-mile evaluation loop last week so I could do an Edmunds Rating on it. If you've ever seen our Ratings on the Web site, then you know we get pretty in-depth.

As such, this is not just a carefree drive through the countryside with the stereo blasting. We're assessing ride comfort, tire noise, wind noise, seat comfort, cubby storage and even how easy it is to get in/out of the car (the latter usually not while we're driving). And lots more.

What's my point?

That it's surprising the extra sounds you hear when you don't have the radio on. And in the case of our 328i GT, I noticed an occasional dash rattle over certain sections of road.

My guess is it's related to the plastic surround of the optional Head-Up Display, but I couldn't quite pinpoint that while I was driving. And it is pretty faint.

So we'll monitor and see if it gets worse. Or if anyone else even notices.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 7,088 miles


  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    The 3-Series has always been a bit of a rattle trap. I loved my old M3 (when the lease ended they basically had to pry the keys out of my hand), but it's dashboard relayed a symphony of rattles over rough pavement. I usually just shifted down and let that glorious V8 drown them out!

  • hadn't ever looked at the "in-depth" tests. Very nice.

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    My 2003 Mini Cooper developed a dash rattle around 30k miles. The dealer could never fix it. Must be a BMW group thing. I wonder if Rolls Royces also develop DB rattles?

  • greg128 greg128 Posts:

    I thought these kind of complaints were only made regarding non-German and non-Asian manufacturers.

  • juddholl10 juddholl10 Posts:

    BMWs have been really, truly awful in terms of rattles in the last five years. Both of my F25 X3s have had lots of problems, so I've had about ten loaners over the past three years. The F10 5-series loaners were always more solid, but there were still noises. The E90 3-series was okay, but in instances of torsion and body flex, there were noises from the pillars. The F30 3-series is a joke--it feels like there's no insulation in the car at all. Both of my X3s were really rattly--everything in the dash just crunches and creaks and rattles, and then there are tailgate rattles and other plastic noises that you just don't hear on an Audi or a Mercedes.

  • ocramidajzj ocramidajzj Posts:

    I would probably trade the car in. A rattle in an area full of parts (i.e. the dashboard) will never be resolved easily or without trading off other noises caused by hasty reassembly by a service tech. I hate rattles...hate 'em, hate 'em, hate 'em!

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