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2004 BMW 3 series

Midsize luxury/near luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
2000 BMW 3 series shown
2000 BMW 3 series shown
1
Side airbags: front head tubular airbags and front door-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear door-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
M
G
G
G
G
2013
M
G
G
G
G
2012
M
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
A
G
2010
G
G
A
G
2009
G
G
A
G
2008
G
G
A
A
2007
G
G
A
A
2006
G
G
A
A
2005
G
P
2004
G
P
2003
G
P
2002
G
P
2001
G
2000
G

Applies to 2000-05 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The BMW 3 Series was redesigned for the 1999 model year.

All 2000 and later 3 Series models manufactured after November 1999 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a BMW 328i with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2000 BMW 328i 4-door
Weight 3,347 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear door-mounted torso airbags and front head tubular airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length176 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.8 L 6-cylinder
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF00006
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)17
Left (cm)16
Center (cm)13
Right (cm)8
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)6
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF00006
Head
HIC-15328
Peak gs at hard contact21
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)9
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.1
Femur force - right (kN)2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.53
Maximum tibia index - right0.64
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left67
Right69

Applies to 2002-05 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

All seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)65
Distance below top of head (mm)80
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.3
Head contact time (ms)102
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)309
Max neck tension (N)988

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