by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer
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.
by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant
Content Strategist Josh Sadlier was the first to spot a bubble in the sidewall of the left front tire on our 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. He alerted me to it so I called to make an appointment at Santa Monica BMW. What followed was one of the most off-putting customer service experiences I've had working in the automotive business.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2016 BMW 340i about 1,500 miles during the month of November. It was an an uneventful month, truth be told. But it rained here in Southern California (something of an event!) and that gave us a chance to test out our car's traction-enhancing all-wheel drive. We also visited a BMW dealership for some warranty work and impressed visiting family members during Thanksgiving. All and all, it was a solid month for our 340i.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 17, 2016
A few days ago, a "service due" indicator began popping up on our 2016 BMW 340i's driver information display every time I pressed the start button. The timing seemed a little odd to me. Based on our experience with modern BMW products, I expected the first service wouldn't occur until 10,000 to 12,000 miles, yet our 340i was around 6,000 miles at the time. Our 2015 M235i, for example, first went in at 12,000 miles.
But iDrive's vehicle info page said we needed an oil change, so I booked an appointment at my local BMW dealer to get it done.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 11, 2016
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.