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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
This month marks a full year with our 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. Unfortunately there wasn't a party or cake, but we did treat the 340i to an oil and filter change. Hopefully cars get far more enjoyment out of dealer visits for service than owners do.

The 340i accrued just over 1,000 miles this month, in the process providing quiet yet powerful transportation. Editors commented on its seat comfort and debated the value of the powertrain when faced with the constant stop-and-go of the Los Angeles commute. Also, a part of the dash fell off. Again.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
We're in the home stretch of our yearlong test of the 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. It has already surpassed its 20,000-mile goal, so in the month of April our 3 Series was used mostly for mundane duties such as commuting and local errands.

That's not always a bad thing, however, as all those hours behind the wheel gives our editors plenty of time to think twice about how the 3 Series measures up to its current competition. As you'll see in the following comments, this BMW still delivers the kind of performance that impresses even the most experienced drivers.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

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.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

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.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for December 2016

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

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. 

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on November 14, 2016

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

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.

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

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

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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.

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2016 BMW 340i: A Better Handle on Door Design

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

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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.

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2016 BMW 340i: Answers from the Road

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 30, 2016

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Before I embarked on my Pacific Northwest road trip, I asked you all what you wanted to know about our 2016 BMW 340i.

Got your answers right here.

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2016 BMW 340i: How Well Do Child Safety Seats Fit?

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 15, 2016

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Is a 2016 BMW 340i a viable family car if you've got little kids? Buying a luxury sedan packed with luxo-goodies and a stout 320 horsepower might pull on your heartstrings, but if you can't easily install child safety seats, your leather-lined rocketship won't do you much good.

Fortunately, the current 3 Series has you covered.

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2016 BMW 340i: Classically Clear Gauges

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 6, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

This is the gauge cluster on our 2016 BMW 340i. As you can see, it is quite simple. Some might say it looks boring. I think it's perfect.

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2016 BMW 340i: Optional Rear Sunshades are a Great Feature

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 2, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Perhaps the $575 price tag is a bit steep, but the optional rear side sunshades on our 2016 BMW 340i are nevertheless a great feature. As much as my dogs love warming themselves in the sun on occasion, they can only do so for so long before getting too toasty and moving away.

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2016 BMW 340i: I Prefer the M Sport Steering Wheel

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 27, 2016

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If my memory serves me right — and it usually doesn't — our 2016 BMW 340i is the first BMW I've driven with the standard sport steering wheel. With the exception of our long-term i3, which had a unique wheel, every BMW I've driven in my two-and-a-half years at Edmunds has been either a true M car or was equipped with the M Sport package.

Among other upgrades, the M Sport package adds an upgraded steering wheel that feels fantastic. The standard sport wheel just doesn't measure up. If I was in the market for a BMW, I would have to get the M Sport package for the better wheel.

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2016 BMW 340i: Clean Dashboard Design

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 20, 2015

2016 BMW 340i

This is an odd thing to say about a sport sedan like our 2016 BMW 340i, but one of the first things I noticed was the simplicity of the dashboard design. Not the powerful new engine, not the striking leather seats, but the dashboard.  Here's why.

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2016 BMW 340i: Who Needs the 5?

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on May 12, 2015

2016 BMW 340i

I'm possibly not the first person on the intertubes to point this out, but my, how large today's "compact sport sedans" have become. Here's our long-term 2016 BMW 340i parked behind an "E39" BMW 5 Series — the (perfectly styled) one from the late '90s and early '00s. I'll be dog-darned if they're not about the same size.

This calls for some numbers.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Introduction

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 11, 2015

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Compact SUVs are moving off dealer lots as though their cargo holds are packed with free bacon, but they haven't pushed sedans into irrelevancy just yet.

To the contrary, even as those tall wagons gain popularity, the longtime benchmark among entry-level luxury sedans — the BMW 3 Series — is enjoying a streak of record sales over the past few years.

The 2016 BMW 340i is BMW's attempt to further stoke that success by introducing a range of enhancements that reside mostly under the skin. Chief among them is an all-new, more powerful twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, but there are also revisions to the suspension and steering said to make it sharper without sacrificing comfort.

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