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BMW 3 SERIES Used Car Review

The 3 Series is German car maker BMW's signature model - a compact luxury passenger car that has existed in multiple generations since its 1975 debut. Since 2014, the 3 Series name has applied to sedan and wagon body styles only, with coupe and convertible models adopting the 4 Series nomenclature. The 3 Series has long been considered one of the most entertaining cars to drive in its class, and the flagship M3 performance variant is especially famous.

Pros

Cons

  • Entertaining to drive with beautiful handling
  • Fuel efficiency consistently excellent, and often class-leading
  • Superb performance of six-cylinder engines
  • Good build quality
  • Run-flat tyres (introduced in 2007 in lieu of a spare wheel) bring a firmer ride
  • Four-cylinder turbos replaced brand's famous six-cylinders in performance but not sound
  • Adaptive suspension (optional on many models) needed for best ride quality
  • Interior presentation has generally lagged behind rival Audi A4
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2019 BMW 320d F30 LCI M Sport Mercury Grey 8 Speed Auto Steptronic Sport Sedan

  • 17824 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Lexus Summer SALE is ON with over 150 vehicles in showroom display. Welcome to Australia's #1 Lexus Dealer for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 for Pre Owned Vehicles, located minuets from Sydney CBD & Airport. All our vehicles have been fully inspected and APPROVED by our Lexus Qualified Technicians for your peace of mind and are priced to SELL. 2019 complied BMW 320d M Sport G20 Auto Diesel 400Nm Torque. ONLY TRAVELLED 17824 Kms BMW Factory Warranty Unlimited kilometres with 24/7 roadside

$61,300
Waterloo, NSW

Dealer used
04/12/2021

Top2011 BMW 3 Series E92 MY0911 330d Steptronic Brown 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 62872 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

OLY 62 000 KMS AND FULL SERVICE HISTORY. 2011 BMW 33D AUTO TURBO DIESEL COUPE PRESENTED IN GREY. HIGH SPEC LUXURY EUOPEAN COUPE THAT IS SUR ETO IMPRESS IN SHOWROOM CONDITON WITH WELL BELOW AVERAGE KMS. DO NOT DELAY ENQUIRE TODAY. Call our experienced team NOW to secure this AMAZING INTERNET ONLY special price! Family owned Toyota dealership in PERTH, with the biggest range of quality used cars, with an exceptional personal touch. WHERE THE GUEST ALWAYS COMES FIRST..... Rigorously inspected 100

$27,500
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

Top2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 320d Luxury Line White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 92061 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

The BMW 3 series still remains as one of BMW's most successful vehicle. The Face lifted 320D comes with an updated bumper, taillights and larger outlets for the exhaust. The engine has plenty of torque while maintaining an excellent fuel economy rating of 4.4L/100km. This vehicle comes with the following options ==Factory Options fitted== Telephony with extended smartphone connectivity $385 Mineral White metalic $1,416 ==Packages fitted== Luxury Line $1,980 Sport leather steering wheel F

$29,990Drive Away^
Fortitude Valley, QLD

Dealer used
03/12/2021

Top2013 BMW 320d F30 MY0813 320d Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 71509 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Immaculate condition with super low kilometres and full leather in the all impressive Diesel BMW 320D. We are just a short drive from the City and our aim is to provide you with Perth's best service, price and car purchasing experience. Need finance and insurance? We have a team of experienced finance and insurance managers who have many years of partnerships with major banks and insurers Every vehicle is fully prepared to the highest standard with a full 120-point inspection with no exception

$28,990
Cannington, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

Top2012 BMW 3 Series F30 318d Black 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 152057 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

AR are pleased to be selling this well presented 2012 BMW 3 Series F30 318d Sedan 4dr Auto 8sp 2.0DT FEATURES & EXTRA'S - AUTO, "TURBO DIESEL" - FULL SERVICE HISTORY - LEATHER TRIM - BLUETOOTH - GPS - PARKING SENSORS - CD PLAYER WITH USB / AUX - 8 X AIR BAGS - ELEC STABILITY / TRACTION / CORNER BRAKING AND CRUISE CONTROL - MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL AND INFO SCREEN - 2 ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING WITH REAR VENTS - FRONT HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE SEATS - RAIN SENSOR WIPERS - ELE

$23,990Drive Away^
Kedron, QLD

Dealer used
03/12/2021

Top2012 BMW 320d F30 Luxury Line Silver 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 65168 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This lovely 320d has just been traded! It was previously owned by a female and has been well looked after. It comes with its service history log book, 2 keys, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and drive, power front seats, leather upholstery and stacks more. It also has been checked and approved by our workshop for peace of mind.

$28,999
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

2014 BMW 320d E92 MY12 Black 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Coupe

  • 106500 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*********************ATTENTION ALL PURCHASERS****************************** ***DURING THIS VICTORIAN STAGE 4 COVID LOCK DOWN, WE ARE STILL OPEN!!!!!*** ***WE WILL DELIVER CARS TO YOUR DOOR, EITHER LOCALLY OR INTERSTATE*** ***WE CAN DO VIDEO/FACE TIME TOURS OF ALL OUR STOCK*** ***YOU CAN STILL HAVE ANY INDEPENDENT MECHANICAL INSPECTION*** ***ALL CARS STILL COME WITH EXTENSIVE WARRANTIES*** ***BUY WITH ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE FROM US*** ***OUR STAFF WILL BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING, SO GIVE

$24,999
Seaford, VIC

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2010 BMW 320d E90 MY09 Executive Black 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 88336 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

VL Wholesale Autos are now offering Home inspections, home test drives, home deliveries, and contactless sales enquiries for all our vehicles. We’re aiming to do what we can to make the purchase of your next car as smooth, pleasant, and easy as possible during these times of increasing difficulty. To browse our range of quality vehicles, or enquire about any of our services, please visit us at www.vlwholesaleautos.com.au, or give us a call on******4575. With very low kms and a log book with f

$16,988
South Windsor, NSW

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2011 BMW 320d F30 320d Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 225299 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4

AR are pleased to be selling this well presented, 2006 Toyota Corolla ZZE122R Ascent Sedan 4dr Auto 4sp 1.8i INCREDIBLE FUEL ECONOMY AND GORGEOUS STYLING, VEHICLE FEATURES 18" ALLOYS ELEC LEATHER SEATS, + AUTO LIGHT AND WIPER PACK. BRILLIANT CONDITION AND FANTASTIC OWNERSHIP HISTORY FIND US; now with three convenient locations; * TRADE-ins welcome. * BUY with confidence; best price guarantee on new & used cars. * INSTANT finance with competitive rates ( * INSURANCE we can arrange. * GUA

$12,990Drive Away^
Strathpine, QLD

Dealer used
11 hours ago

Bmw series 320d Executive Turbo diesel 2009

  • 166000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling my 2009 BMW 320d or swap with UTE Very good condition Turbo diesel Automatic Lots of power Log book 3rd owner Leather interior 166000km Reverse sensors Push start button Serviced regularly Comes with 2 keys Icy cold air conditioning 4 New tyres All brakes just been replaced Sunroof 6 months Rego Few scratches

$9,999.99Negotiable
Greystanes, NSW

11 hours ago

2014 BMW 320d F34 MY14 Gran Turismo (Sport) Silver 8 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 83118 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Highly optioned BMW 320D Grand Turismo M-Sport. Meticulously maintained inside and out. Endless list of exciting features including M-sport, plush leather interior, panoramic sunroof, keyless go and so much more. Fully workshop approved and priced to sell!

$31,989
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2019 BMW 320d F30 LCI M Sport White 8 Speed Auto Steptronic Sport Sedan

  • 37830 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

What a stunner! This very desirable Current model 320d is a genuine head turner! Incredible vehicle to drive with current edge tech and safety features, finished in the best colour, very low kms, still under manufacturers warranty, gloss black wheels, black grille, black skirts, black rear lip spoiler and much more... Fully workshop approved, will be issued with 3 months rego at time of sale, priced to sell immediately and will not last!

$62,988
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2019 BMW 320d G20 Silver 8 Speed Auto Steptronic Sport Sedan

  • 21637 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Wow! Great buying here! One owner and maintained to the highest of standards! Immerse yourself in luxury! Packed with luxury features such as sunroof, bluetooth connectivity, reverse camera, navigation and more! A real credit to the previous owner! Fully workshop approved, with two keys and service history! Priced to sell and will not last!

$63,985
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2012 BMW 320d E92 MY11 Gold 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Coupe

  • 168581 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Great value 2012 BMW 320d Coupe! This nice looking vehicle drives well and is priced to sell very quickly. Comprehensively equipped with features including Electrics, Power Steering, Powerful 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine, Smooth Automatic Transmission, Leather, Alloys, ABS, Books and much more! Hurry in for a test drive today! This Vehicle is located in Perth, Western Australia! Extended Warranties and Competitive Finance Packages available, Top trade in prices offered, all less than 20kms North of

$18,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
14 hours ago

2015 Bmw 3 18d Touring 8 Sp Automatic 4d Wagon

  • 107500 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2015 BMW 318D Sports Touring Wagon. 1 Owner with full BMW Service History. 2.0 Litre Intercooled Turbo Diesel with 8 Speed Auto 4.5L/100km (average 1200km range). NSW registration but car located in Coomera QLD. Selling on behalf of my Brother in-law.

$27,500
Coomera, QLD

14 hours ago

2009 BMW 330d - M-SPORT - GREAT COLOUR COMBO!

  • 153000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

2009 BMW 330d - 6 CYLINDER TURBO DIESEL - GREAT POWER TO WEIGHTT COMBO ON THIS CAR! - M-SPORT PACKAGE - SUNROOF - OPTIONED WITH INDIVDUAL CUSTOM STITCHING - GREAT COLOUR COMBO! Sunshine Direct Autos. We are appointment only, please contact us to make a booking. We are located 45 minutes north of Brisbane and only 15 minutes from Sunshine Coast Airport. All our cars come with clear titles checks. Finance and extended Warranty are available for all cars. If interested for inspection, test driv

$17,997
Sippy Downs, QLD

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2012 Bmw Coupe 320D 3 Series

  • 133000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto

Need gone ASAP, Price reduced for quick sale... It is in great condition having been well looked after. It's been serviced regularly by the BMW dealership with full service history. We have upgraded to a new car. It has never been in an accident. Been garaged and looked after in a fastidious manner. 133000km on the clock only. Brand new Tyres Some safety features include: - Driver airbag - Brake assist - Rear parking sensors - Passenger airbag - Side airbags INCLUDED FEATURES: Using the mult

$16,500
Rokeby, TAS

17 hours ago

2013 BMW 320d Sedan

  • 68000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2014 BMW 320D Luxury Line Sedan Auto Full service hstory 2.0L turbo diesel Front and rear sensors Navigation Heads up display Electric seats with memory Dual climate control Cruise control Bluetooth connectivity Auto headlight Auto wiper European Car Showroom: 38 Richland Ave Coopers plains Japanese Car Showroom: 3/347 Bradman Street Acacia Ridge. Opening hours Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun & Public Holiday Closed. Call us now at for inspection. Appointment essential. We offer: -A variety o

$30,490
Acacia Ridge, QLD

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2010 BMW 3 Series 30d EXCLUSIVE

  • 65442 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

BMW 330D MY10 WITH ONLY 65442 KLMS LOG BOOKS FULL SERVICE HISTORY 2 KEYS MANY EXTRAS ALLOY WHEELS LETHER INTERIOR ALLOY WHEELS ALL POWER OPTIONS AIR CONDITIONING CENRAL LOCKING CRUISE CONTROL AND MUCH MORE FOR ANYNMORE INFO CALL******6211 JAMIE OR CHARLIE FINANCE AVAILABLE TRADE INS WELCOME WARRANTY AVAILABLE

$25,999
North St Marys, NSW

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2010 BMW 320d E92 MY11 Black 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Coupe

  • 169899 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2010 BMW 320D M Package 2 Door Sports Coupe! Inspection By Appointment Please Contact Harry ! Factory M Sport Upgrade. 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Automatic Sunroof Climate Control Air-conditioning All The Goodies. Black ,Cream Leather. Rwc Rego Clear Title !

$15,950
Marcoola, QLD

Dealer used
21 hours ago

2013 BMW 320d F30 Luxury Line White 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 113370 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

local log book BMW. exceptional condition. Highly optioned. 113,000 kms.

$25,900Drive Away^
Toowoomba, QLD

Dealer used
21 hours ago

2009 BMW 320d E90 MY09 Executive Silver 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 339870 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Great value 2008 BMW 320d! This nice looking Sedan drives well and has a powerful 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine, Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Sporty Automatic Transmission and much much more! Drives well. Priced to sell very quickly. Hurry in for a test drive today! This Vehicle is located in Perth, Western Australia! Extended Warranties and Competitive Finance Packages available, Top trade in prices offered, all less than 20kms North of Perth CBD! We are a Western Australian, family owned/oper

$7,888
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
22 hours ago

2013 BMW 320d F30 MY0813 320d White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 181063 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

REDUCED TO $18,888 -FULL BMW LOG BOOK SERVICE HISTORY IN COMPUTER , LEATHER TRIM , SUN ROOF , POWER SEATS WITH PROGRAM MEMORY ,GPS NAVIGATION , 2 X KEYS ,BANK FINANCE AVAILABLE TRADE IN VEHICLE WELCOME Call Apex direct ******9108 or www.apexmotors.com.au . Bank finance available call Brian or

$18,888
Sylvania, NSW

Dealer used
04/12/2021

BMW 320D

  • 149500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Very good condition BMW 320D 6spd Auto, Low K's 149k, fresh service and RWC ready to go, these diesels are insane on fuel, getting over 1000k's on a full tank, and smooth and powerful, just ordered a new car so this one has to go, we are the 2nd owner, and its a pleasure to drive, Fuel prices being so high, these are amazing value Negotiable Pick up Curra, or we may be able to assist with delivery within reason distance from us. Message me if interested

Contactless
$12,500
Curra, QLD

04/12/2021

2015 320 d msport

  • 82500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

EXTRA FEATURES: This BMW 3 Series 320d M Sport, in addition to the Sport Pack it comes with a Genuine BMW M Performance Pack which includes M Performance: 20" alloy wheels, Black Grille Front Splitters & Lip

$35,250Negotiable
East Cannington, WA

04/12/2021

2013 BMW 320d F30 MY0813 320d Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 56405 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Why pay more? Located just 5 minutes from the Adelaide CBD in Mile End South is where we make car buying easy. With multiple car finance options and the best market value on your trade in, we make it even easier. We have hundreds of cars all under one roof and we can bring the car to your home or office. We can also help with a Virtual appointment, so why pay more and do things the hard way? Car buying made easy! Why pay more? easyauto123 Located just 5 minutes from the Adelaide CBD in Mile

$26,989
Mile End South, SA

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2019 BMW 320d F30 LCI M Sport Black 8 Speed Auto Steptronic Sport Sedan

  • 37360 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

The all new G20 styling with digital dash, sunroof, comfort seating, adaptive cruise accompanied with some of the most amazing technology that BMW has ever had, and in Diesel. Full history and 2 keys. Trade ins welcome and fast finance available.

$59,984
Jandakot, WA

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2009 BMW 3 Series E92 MY10 320d Steptronic Purple 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 83102 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

THIS CAR WAS A CUSTOM ORDER FROM BMW ... AN "INDIVIDUAL" 320 DIESEL E92 *MY2010/2009 BMW 320 INDIVIDUAL DIESEL STEPTRONIC *ONLY 82,000 KM'S WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY *METALLIC MAROON OVER SOFT BEIGE LEATHER *RUNS AS LOW AS 4.4 LITRES PER 100/KM'S ... WOW!!!! *"INDIVIDUAL" ALLOYS *DUAL RANGE SUNROOF *DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL *THIS CAR IS IMMACULATE For more details go to 37 Hartnett Drive in Seaford, VIC ... This car comes with a 1 year Value Advantage warranty wi

$19,999
Seaford, VIC

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2010 BMW 320d E92 MY10 Silver 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Coupe

  • 88600 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

BMW 320d is Stunning in silver with the light interior perfect for our Australian conditions. Turbo diesel with the six speed steptronic auto for brilliant fuel economy and a smooth drive. Super low kilometres and looks the part. *** Enquire now and have a chat to our Sales Team *** Search our stock at - www.drivenautogroup.com.au --------- More Cars, More Choice ---------- Easy online finance applications at www.drivenautogroup.com.au/finance Part of the Driven Auto Group

$21,990
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2019 BMW 320d F30 LCI M Sport Mercury Grey 8 Speed Auto Steptronic Sport Sedan

  • 17824 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Lexus Summer SALE is ON with over 150 vehicles in showroom display. Welcome to Australia's #1 Lexus Dealer for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 for Pre Owned Vehicles, located minuets from Sydney CBD & Airport. All our vehicles have been fully inspected and APPROVED by our Lexus Qualified Technicians for your peace of mind and are priced to SELL. 2019 complied BMW 320d M Sport G20 Auto Diesel 400Nm Torque. ONLY TRAVELLED 17824 Kms BMW Factory Warranty Unlimited kilometres with 24/7 roadside

$61,300
Waterloo, NSW

Dealer used
04/12/2021

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Overview of the BMW 3

Overview of the BMW 3

The 3 Series is German car maker BMW's signature model - a compact luxury passenger car that has existed in multiple generations since its 1975 debut.

Since 2014, the 3 Series name has applied to sedan and wagon body styles only, with coupe and convertible models adopting the 4 Series nomenclature.

The 3 Series has long been considered one of the most entertaining cars to drive in its class, and the flagship M3 performance variant is especially famous.

BMW 3 SERIES GENERATIONS (SINCE 1998)

1998-2006

2007-2012

2012-present

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol: 5.4-6.7 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 4.4-5.3 litres per 100km

3.0-litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol: 6.8-7.2 litres per 100km

3.0-litre 6-cylinder turbo diesel: 6.2-6.4 litres per 100km

Hybrid 2.1 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO BMW 3 SERIES

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: BMW 3 SERIES

As with any high-end European car, don't go near a 3-Series that doesn't have a fully stamped service history.

Biggest potential grief comes from variable valve-timing system (VANOS, in BMW-speak) which can fail due to internal leaks within the hydraulic circuitry. Some six-cylinder 3-Series were even recalled to fix this.

Beyond a leak, VANOS can fail through a lack of oil changes as dirt and grit blocks the tiny oilways that operate the system. If it fails, it can cost thousands to fix and the car won't be right without it.

Any 3-Series showing a 'check-engine' light on the dash is cause for concern.

Some early cars from this series had a brake booster that could fail, leaving the car with brakes but no assistance, requiring the driver to press harder on the brake pedal.

Again, this was the subject of a recall, so check that it's been done on affected cars.