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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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BMW E46 318Ti 2.0 Litre Individual Coupe Rare Car New Rego Serviced 1-Year Wty Don't Miss Out!

  • 145000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Rare BMW E46 318Ti 2.0 Litre Individual Coupe. SAVE-SAVE-SAVE...DEAL ALERT! OFFER PRICE $9995 LIMITED TIME OFFER INCREDIBLE VALUE SO DON'T MISS OUT! Welcome to Motorwise we don't sell cars we help people buy them!! it's hassle free haggle free and stress free no hard sell on cars - just helpful advisors. BMW E46 318Ti 2.0 Litre Individual Coupe Rare Limited Edition Model 5 Speed Manual Later Shape One Lady Owner Last 12 Years Low Klms Superb Appearance and Drives Great.Complete Service Records

$9,995
Caloundra West, QLD

Dealer used
11 hours ago

2003 BMW 318 ti

  • 200000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Great car, needs fuel pump replaced, part supplied. Pick up Nanango

$1,750
Nanango, QLD

21 hours ago

2002 Bmw 3 18ti 5 Sp Automatic Steptronic 3d Hatchback

  • 213000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

BMW is no longer required, surplus to my requirements. Been a fantastic car. Will be selling it as is, unregistered. Still runs nicely except it has a vibration sound coming out around the back end when accelerating between 30 to 40 kph. Highway travel, no dramas at all. A few dents and marks around front end. Good tyres. Be excellent for parts maybe.

$2,000
Maryborough, QLD

15/01/2022

2000 Bmw 3 18ti 4 Sp Automatic 3d Hatchback

  • 180000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

• 180,000 Km (8,570/Year average). • Body is in very good condition, apart from minor dings and scratches. • Interior is very clean, with no rips or tears in the fabric. • Ice-cold aircon and heating works perfectly. • NO engine/transmission or cooling leaks. • Serviced with Premium Full Synthetic Oils every 10,000 Km. • Auto transmission recently serviced. • Power Windows. • Heated Power Door Mirrors. • BMW Thief-proof Mag Wheels. The vehicle comes with two keys, new tyres,

Contactless
$5,500
Pakenham, VIC

14/01/2022

2017 BMW 3 30i SPORT LINE GRAN TURISMO Automatic Hatchback

  • 53200 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This rare BMW 330i GT (Gran Turismo) Has just been serviced at Gold Coast BMW this week with a purchased service plan with the next 2 services already paid for at any bmw of your choice, meaning servicing is free for the next 3 years. This is a beautiful driving attractive and well spaced car, perfect for a family needing that extra space or someone simply wanting the bmw experience with its 2.0 turbo 4cyl. It’s a series 3 that’s is as long as a series 5 with as much room as a series X. This bm

$38,999
Worongary, QLD

12/01/2022

Wanted: BMW 318ti/325ti manual

  • 123456 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Want to buy a manual e46/5 318ti or a 325ti. Must be manual and have rego.

$1,234Negotiable
Zetland, NSW

11/01/2022

Wanted: 2002 Bmw 3 18ti 5 Sp Automatic Steptronic 3d Hatchback

  • 140000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Rego expired 12/12/21 Needs very little for a rwc has slight oil leak

$1,950
Thomson, VIC

09/01/2022

2004 BMW E46 316ti Manual

  • 201000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Time to sell my pride and joy 5 speed manual DSC (dynamic stability control) Rear wheel drive New tyres and wheel alignment carried out 325i exclusive wheels Up to date with services No warning lights Does not burn oil Beautiful sports interior with centre armrest All windows and buttons work Rear window washer and wiper work New aero twin wipers recently fitted Any questions feel free to ask Cheers

$5,800
Cygnet, TAS

08/01/2022

2002 BMW 3 16ti Automatic Hatchback

  • 192000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto

Very well looked after little car. Only 2 owners. Never been in an accident. 193000 klms Freeway Driving Rego until 03-August-2022 Power Windows Power Mirrors Power Steering Driver and Passenger Front and Side Airbags Reverse Cycle Airconditioning Dash Camera Reversing Camera CD Player New Battery Alloy Wheels 4 New Tyres (July 2021) Tinted Windows Immaculate interior

$5,500
Kahibah, NSW

08/01/2022

2003 Bmw 3 16ti 5 Sp Manual 3d Hatchback

  • 294769 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2003 BMW 316ti, would make a great manual first car. Starts and runs well. - 12 months rego until 4th Dec 2022 - Sony DSX-A400BT bluetooth head unit/radio, we also have the factory radio - Fuel pump module recently replaced - New battery put in two months ago - Clutch recently replaced - Driveshaft 'doughnut' recently replaced - Head re-done less than 10,000 Km ago - Headlining re-trimmed in black suede - Engine runs smoothly, and the gearbox works well - Ridiculously fuel efficient,

$3,003
Concord West, NSW

07/01/2022

2014 Bmw 3 20i Gran Turismo (modern) 8 Sp Automatic 5d Hatchback

  • 135000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

My pride and joy BMW 3 Grand Turismo M Sport. 135000km on the clock only, one owner. Immaculate condition throughout. - Panoramic sunroof - Leather Seats - M Sport steering wheel - Power tailgate/ boot - Dual zone climate control air conditioning - Satellite navigation (GPS) - 19" alloy wheels - M Sport adaptive suspension - DAB radio plus - Rain sensors - Cruise Control - 8-speed Auto - Rear & Front parking sensors - Rear vision / reversing camera - USB input / Bluetooth - Electric tai

Contactless
$33,900
Doonside, NSW

06/01/2022

Dealer Vehicle - 2014 BMW 320i Gran Turismo (Luxury) Low Kms

  • 76320 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2014 BMW 320i GT Luxury in excellent condition for sale. 2 owner vehicle with full service history, lows kilometres and 6 months rego. Spacious, comfortable and economical on fuel (6.3L/100km) perfect for a family or adventurous types. - Low kilometres - Full Service history - Rego to June 2022 - Warranty provided - Continental Conti-Sport Run-Flat Tyres (95% tread) - 2 keys - Never been in an accident or stolen (CarHistory Report and PPSR Certificate provided). - 6 airbags and an ANCA

Contactless
$27,990
Auchenflower, QLD

Dealer used
27/12/2021

2001 Bmw 3 18ti 5 Sp Manual 3d Hatchback

  • 137000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

RARE Price negotable Been fixed to be a reliable daily driver!! New front suspension arms New air intake system New clutch Drives great sounds good and no leaks in the engine looking for a quick sale message me for more details! Comes registered With roadworthy

$8,000
Wodonga, VIC

26/12/2021

2003 BMW E46 325TI RARE 6 CYLINDER

  • 206456 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

Selling in very good condition BMW E46 325 TI rare 6 cylinder coupe M-SPORT, log books, well maintained in great shape for the age. Features: air cond , CD player, sunroof, 6 air bags, leather interior, rego until 28/03/2022,etc. Any enquire inbox me

$6,900
Wollongong, NSW

24/12/2021

2018 BMW 3 30i LUXURY LINE GRAN TURISMO Automatic Hatchback

  • 26000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

AS NEW! THis very desirable current model 330i m sport a Female OWNER FROM NEW, absolute pleasure to drive, loaded with class leading tech and design features, very low kms (25,800), factory sunroof, the best colour, head up display, BMW Warranty until 2023 !!!!! Can provide road worthy if make a deposit!!!!! Class - 3 Series Model- 330i M Sport Price- $55,000 Body Type - Sedan Colour - 0range Year - 3018 Engine - 4 Cyl 2.0L Engine Power - 190kW @ 6500rpm Fuel - Type Petrol T

$47,000
Wantirna South, VIC

21/12/2021

BMW 316 Ti

  • 199086 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Hi there. You are looking at my BMW 316 Ti E46 year 2003 build. It has comes with roof rack. KM 199,086 . Registered and recently service (Brakes, oil, filter, plugs, etc. ) We used it for about 6 years and regularly serviced. $5,400.00.

Negotiable
Castle Hill, NSW

14/12/2021

1996 BMW 316i with Rego

  • 290507 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

$2500 ONO 1996 BMW 316i Hatchback - rear wheel drive, manual and still has just over a months worth of rego- looked after - hasn't been roughed about or bashed around, was my wife's who bought it as her first car when she was 16. The passenger window smashed whilst being repaired, and the drivers window doesn't go up or down either. The door trims are currently removed as to fix the windows. Has always been well maintained otherwise and serviced regularly. Engine runs smooth, never had an iss

$2,500Negotiable
Burrangong, NSW

13/12/2021

BMW 316ti 2003

  • 193000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

BMW 316ti 2003, Black. Two Door with Sports Gears. Recently serviced. 15 inch Alloy Wheels. New Brakes. Sunroof, full electrics. Excellent condition for a car of this age. Personal Number does not come with the car. It will be changed over upon sale. $4200 without RWC, quick sale

$4,900
Gowanbrae, VIC

08/12/2021

2002 BMW 318ti

  • 160000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Selling my 2002 BMW 318ti. 2.0 I4 w/ 5-speed manual (gets 1,000km to a tank). 160,***km Aftermarket headunit Sunroof Serviced 1/12/21 Currently on 17" M-Sport rims, original 16" rims available for extra. May 2022 rego, RWC for extra. $5,990 ono. Located Mitcham, 3132 Contact Lachlan )

Contactless
$5,990Negotiable
Mitcham, VIC

03/12/2021

2003 BMW 316ti

  • 162871 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2003 BMW 316ti Starts & drives Good inside out NO REGO & NO RWC $2800, slightly negotiable

$2,800
Maidstone, VIC

31/10/2021

2003 BMW 318ti (Manual)

  • 250000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual

BMW 3 Series Compact 2003 4 Cylinder (2L) Premium Petrol - Only 3 past owners 2 door, 5 seats Aircon AUX Low profile tyres Price negotiable *Cosmetic damage to exterior *Roof lining needs upholstering

$4,000Negotiable
Mermaid Beach, QLD

23/09/2021

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.