BMW 4 Series Convertible Owner’s Guide
The BMW 4 Series Convertible has been described as athletic, which we couldn’t agree with more. This convertible came about in 2014 and was based off of the much-loved 3 Series Convertible. But BMW’s engineering took the performance and handling to a new level that exceeds every expectation.
Like the Coupe and Gran Coupe, the BMW 4 Series Convertible model sits low to the ground and has a wider frame than the vehicles in the 2 Series and 3 Series. The goal was to make a sporty, affordable lineup and BMW hit the mark. Driving the BMW 4 Series Convertible in Austin from downtown to the Hill Country proves this car can handle all types of roads whether the top is down or up.
The BMW 4 Series Convertible Essentials
Top up or top down, the BMW 4 Series Convertible is a vehicle that’s as thrilling as it is entertaining. Over 30 years of engineering experience went into the design of the 4 Series Convertible. If you think it looks impressive from afar, one look under the hood will tell you this convertible is all show and go.
The 4 Series Convertible comes in four models:
- 430i Convertible
- 440i Convertible
- 430i xDrive Convertible
- 440i xDrive Convertible
Performance and Pricing
BMW’s engineers focused their energies on giving the 4 Series Convertible a performance boost over its 3 Series predecessor. From the hardtop that folds down in just 20 seconds to the ultra low center of gravity, this car rides more like a coupe than a convertible. A longer wheelbase and wider track add to the smoothness of the ride going around corners and on the straight-aways.
Performance specs for the latest BMW 4 Series Convertible include:
- Up to 320 horsepower
- 0-to-60 in as little as 5.1 seconds
- Up to 330 lb-ft torque
- 8 speed sport automatic transmission
- Air curtains below the grill
- Dynamic Stability Control
- Electronic Throttle Control
- Adaptive M suspension
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- All wheel drive (xDrive models)
- Driving Dynamic Controls with ECO PRO, SPORT, SPORT+, or COMFORT
- Auto start-stop
- Dynamic Traction Control
- Dynamic Brake Control
- Cornering Brake Control
- Servotronic power steering assist
- Variable sport steering
- 5-link rear suspension
Having less up top means you’ll pay a little more upfront for the BMW 4 Series Convertible model compared to the Coupe and Gran Coupe. The 430i is the lowest priced 4 Series Convertible at $50,300 MSRP. Step it up to the 440i xDrive Convertible and you’ll be looking at a price tag of $59,300.
Riding in a convertible is totally different than cruising along in other types of vehicles. The main concern is making the ride comfortable whether the top is up or down. One of the most important things BMW has done is take steps to reduce sound with specialized wind deflectors. Now passengers can carry on a conversation as you cruise down the road with the wind in your hair.
The BMW 4 Series Convertible has a beefy dash that allows the driver to easily make adjustments and control settings while driving down the road. The sporty feel continues with body-hugging bucket seats that feature neck warmers. In the back passengers sit a little higher providing an unobstructed view all around.
Even the trunk was thoughtfully designed to allow for open cargo space when the top is down. Pockets on either side offer convenient compartments for small items within the 13 cubic foot trunk.
Experts and drivers have noted that the 4 Series is somewhat sparse in the tech department compared to other BMW models. It still offers plenty of gadgets and gizmos, but if you want the most technologically advanced convertible you can always opt for the Technology Package.
Some of the top tech features of the BMW 4 Series Convertible include:
- All around ambiance lighting
- ConnectedDrive (Technology Package)
- Power folding heated mirrors
- iDrive infotainment system
- Head-Up Display (Technology Package)
- Hands-free Bluetooth audio streaming
- Xenon Adaptive headlights with dynamic auto-leveling
- 10-way power front seats with neck warmers
- HiFi 9-speaker sound system
- USB audio connection
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
- Four 12-volt power sockets
- Automatic climate control
- Anti-theft alarm and audio system
Common BMW 4 Series Convertible Maintenance in Austin
Over the last few years maintenance hasn’t been much of a priority since these cars were new. Now we’re starting to see more drivers come in for BMW 4 Series Convertible service in Austin.
The most common BMW 4 Series Convertible maintenance our Austin mechanics handle include:
- Oil and filter changes
- Brake pad replacement
- Rotor replacement
- Brake fluid change
- Transmission fluid change
Owners should be aware that there have also been several recalls over the last few years that need to be addressed if they haven’t been fixed already.
BMW 4 Series Convertible Repair in Austin
Given that the BMW 4 Series Convertible model was released just a few years ago it’s not surprising to find few repairs have been reported. These vehicles are so well-built if you treat them right and follow the maintenance schedule very little repair work will likely be needed.
Based on our experience the most common BMW 4 Series Convertible repairs in Austin are for:
- Engine overheating
- Fuel pump failure that stalls the engine
- Coolant leaks
- Brake vacuum pump failure
- Transmission diagnosis
- Thermostat replacement
- Drive belt replacement
German Auto Center can handle any of the repairs and maintenance noted above. Our Bosch-authorized service center is also fully equipped to make performance enhancements to your 4 Series Convertible. Call us today to learn more about your services, shop and expert technicians!