BMW are known for making one of the greatest consumer sports sedan on the market – the BMW 3 Series. For years, the 3 Series had a 2 door coupe companion, but in 2013 at the North American International Auto Show, BMW unveiled the concept 4 Series Coupe to replace the 3 Series coupe.
Our 4 Series has been with us since January 2017, and it will soon be saying it’s last farewell on the channel before being sold. Over the next few weeks, I thought it would be fun to do all of the things that we never had the chance to do with this car. From drifting attempts to driving the Blueridge Parkway, we’re going to say goodbye to the 4 Series the way we should have said hello.
So to kick things off, we’ll be doing a full overview of what the BMW 4 Series is all about, what we think about it, and give a glimpse into what living with the 2014 BMW sports car is like.
F32 BMW 4 Series Overview
When the concept was announced at the 2013 Auto Show, there were a lot of mixed feelings. Many BMW enthusiasts were frustrated that BMW would split off and rename one of the most legendary performance cars in the world, while others understood the change would give us a glimpse into the future of BMW. But it wasn’t until it’s unveil in 2013 at the Frankfurt Autoshow that people began to really understand what the 4 Series was here to do.
Compared to the E92 3 Series, the new 4 Series would have a longer wheelbase by 2 inches with a 1.7 inch increase in width, and there’s no deny the new sharper lines of the F32 make the car look much more striking than the previous generation E92.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
But then things started to get a little messy. In 2014 at the Geneva International Motor Show, BMW unveiled what was to be the 4 Series Gran Coupe – a slightly larger yet smaller 3 Series. And for reasons unknown to mankind, BMW had decided to create a 4 door sedan inspired by their two door sedan that was already inspired by a very successful 4 door sedan.
It worked though, and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe joined the 4 Series lineup and fit perfectly despite looking like a smushed 3 Series.
But with our history lesson over, let’s talk about this specific 2014 BMW 428i – a car that has averaged over 25,000 miles a year since it rolled off the lot.
This particular 4 Series is finished in a midnight blue, which at the time of purchase was an $875 option. And it’s one that I’m glad the original owner went for. It’s a truly stunning color. Depending on the light, it changes from black to blue to green to even tints of gold.
I’ve only ever seen one other 4 Series with this paint color, which is impressive considering this car has been all over the east cost multiple times. It’s a bit more rare than other colors on the lineup, and it’s much more special because of that.
It also has my favorite stock wheels ever fitted to a stock BMW. They looks massive traveling down the road, and while they make the ride a bit too firm, they look fantastic.
The one downside to this car, though, is the engine. This 428i has the 2.0 L turbocharged 4 cylinder, and while it has plenty of power, a great sound, and decent torque, it’s problem comes more from it’s reliability. Over the past 18 months of ownership, the engine has produced several oil leaks resulting in quite a few trips to the mechanic and a depleted wallet.
I’ve mentioned the oil pan gasket being an issue in previous videos with the 4 Series, and that holds true today. For some reason, that part really likes to drip oil onto one of the belts causing both the oil pan gasket or seal to be replaced as well as the belt it likes to drip on.
Another issue that the car has had since we bought it has been an engine thermostat, but after one replacement, it's been perfectly fine! Aside from that, though, it’s been a fairly trouble free car, and I’ll really miss that about it when it leaves.
It’s also nowhere near as frustrating as the valve stems or vanos issue, so I’m glad they’re improving. Kind of.
The BMW M4
Another weird part about the 4 Series is the M-variant – the almighty M4. Up until the M4s release, BMW had always used the same model codes for both the non-M and M car. For example, the E92 BMW 3 Series was had the same code for the M and non-M car.
But in 2014, BMW decided to make the new M4 the F82 while the 4 Series remained the F32, with convertible and Gran Coupe models having their own code name as well.
It’s far from the most crucial 4 Series fact in the world, but it’s an interesting bit to use to speculate on where the future of BMW lies. I’ll leave that to you for the comments below.
Now let’s talk about some of the interior pieces. The 4 Series has a blend of a traditional yet modern interior that most BMW models had at the time. The wood is certainly beautiful, and the aluminum accents make the interior feel much more up-scale. This 4 Series also has the head-up-display. I’ve never been a huge fan of any head-up-display system, but BMW have always had my favorite.
The 4 Series also has the fantastic ZF 8 Speed automatic transmission, which I’ve talked about in detail in other videos. All in all, though, the transmission is one of the best parts about the car.
The 4 Series sits low like a sports car should, and it gives you the feeling that you’re much lower to the ground than you actually are. The driving position is great, which is a plus because this seat no longer works. So don’t worry. This is still a traditional BMW. Electronics can be spotty sometimes.
If I had one complaint about the interior of the 4 Series, it would be the storage. I get it. It’s a sports car, but honestly, most of these are bought for daily use. There’s room for stuff in the back, but on a road trip with some drinks in the cup holders, there’s no room for anything up front like a phone.
The 4 Series is by far my favorite German sports car out right now. It’s much more fun to drive than the C-Class, and I personally think it looks better than both the Mercedes and Audi.