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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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Top2009 BMW 323i E90 MY09 Silver 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 149500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

***UPGRADED RIMS*** 2009 BMW 323i AUTO SEDAN PRESENTED IN SILVER. HIGH SPEC LUXURY PERFORMANCE EUROPEAN SEDAN THAT IS SURE TO IMPRESS IN PRISTINE CONDITION. 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 point mechanical check. Note - all our Inter

$17,888
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
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Top2012 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0812 328i Glacier Silver Metallic/black 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 111127 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

The SUPER STYLISH BMW 3 Series 328I F30 SPORT LINE Sedan is packed with ALL THE FEATURES ! Finished in GLACIER SILVER METALLIC PAINT over the BLACK DAKOTA LEATHER UPHOLSTERY. The ULTRA SMOOTH 2.0 litre, 4 Cylinder Petrol Engine has 180kW & 350Nm of torque, coupled with the 8-Speed Sports Automatic Transmission consumes 6.3l/100km on the road IS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO DRIVE. THIS SENSATIONAL VEHICLE is equipped with : Sport Line package Ambient Light - front, rear, front footwell, B-pillar and

$25,888
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
17 hours ago

Top2018 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 320d M Sport Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 40063 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

** PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU ENQUIRE ** ** ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE PRICE CHECKED DAILY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE COMPETITIVELY PRICED FOR THEIR CONDITION, YEAR AND MILEAGE. WE OFFER A HASSLE FREE, NO HAGGLE POLICY ON ALL OUR QUAILITY VERIFIED PRE-OWNED VEHICLES** ** PLEASE DO NOT ENQUIRE ON THIS VEHICLE IF YOU ARE EXPECTING A SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT AS YOU WILL BE WASTING YOUR TIME AND OURS ** ** OUR ONLINE SHOWROOM IS OPEN 24 HOURS WITH THE ABILITY TO RESERVE VEHICLES ** CONTACT US TO BOOK A V

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Springvale, VIC

Dealer used
17/01/2022

Top2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i Luxury Line Platinum 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 105250 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i Luxury Line Platinum 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$36,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
17/01/2022

Top2006 BMW 323i E90 Silver 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 204704 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

WE'RE STILL OPEN REMOTELY! Offering virtual tours via FACETIME to maintain buying confidence. Contactless delivery options available. ENQUIRE TODAY ON .

$10,999
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
17/01/2022

Top2017 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 340i M Sport Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 67300 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

Don't miss out on this low km BMW 340i M Sport! - Parking sensors - Dual zone climate control - CD player - Bluetooth - Multi function media screen - Push to start - Built in sat nav - Leather interior - Automatic headlights - Rain sensing wipers We have market leading prices and friendly staff that are committed to making your buying experience as smooth as possible! Looking at Financing? Enquire now and ask us about our quick, easy and transparent finance options! We have access to various

$59,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2003 BMW 3 SERIES 318I E46 AUTO MY02!!!ONLY DONE 183000!!!

  • 183978 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

2003 BMW 3 SERIES 318I E46 AUTO MY02!!!ONLY DONE 183000!!! ***RELIABLE*** *** PERFECT FIRST CAR***RELIABLE*** ***FINANCE AVAILABLE***FREE PRE APPROVAL over the link https://loansunlimited.com.au/dealer/3mt/ BMW 318I very tidy, inside and out. Immaculate Condition! It has plenty of features to keep you comfortable such as: ✅ 183000 Km ✅ SUNROOF ✅ 2KEYS ✅ Aircon nice and cold for summer. ✅ Cruise Control ✅ Remote central locking ✅ Tinted

$6,580
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2015 BMW 3 Series 28i

  • 32081 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

- 7 day return. We’ll collect it from you. - 3 month warranty. Relax, your car is covered. - Carma Checklist certified. Examined by experts. - Free delivery to your door. This car has been put through its paces in our state-of-the-art test facility, and certified by a team of mechanical and technical experts, so you can be confident it’s met our high quality standards. This car comes with a complimentary 12 month NRMA roadside assistance membership, courtesy of Carma. No need to worry! Looks

$39,990
Alexandria, NSW

Dealer used
14 hours ago

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i M Sport Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 56444 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i M Sport Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$48,990Drive Away^
Ringwood, VIC

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2006 BMW 3 Series E90 320i Steptronic Titan Silver 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 64826 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF BEAUTIFUL CARS WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO We are proud to offer this magnificent BMW 320i SEDAN WITH ONLY 64000KM 2006 BMW 320i SEDAN WITH ONLY 64000KMS ANOTHER WORLD CLASS EXAMPLE BY TCB BESPOKE 3 YEAR GRAND WARRANTY INCLUDED IN ABSOLUTE PRISTINE CONDITION MUST BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED SITUATED AT 45 LEAKES RD LAVERTON NORTH 3026 A SUPERB EXAMPLE -AS NEW CONDITION ELECTRIC GLASS SUNROOF BEAUTIFULLY FINISHED IN TITAN SILVER WITH BEIGE LEATHER INTERIOR EXCELLENT

$16,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2012 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0812 328i Glacier Silver Metallic/black 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 111127 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

The SUPER STYLISH BMW 3 Series 328I F30 SPORT LINE Sedan is packed with ALL THE FEATURES ! Finished in GLACIER SILVER METALLIC PAINT over the BLACK DAKOTA LEATHER UPHOLSTERY. The ULTRA SMOOTH 2.0 litre, 4 Cylinder Petrol Engine has 180kW & 350Nm of torque, coupled with the 8-Speed Sports Automatic Transmission consumes 6.3l/100km on the road IS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO DRIVE. THIS SENSATIONAL VEHICLE is equipped with : Sport Line package Ambient Light - front, rear, front footwell, B-pillar and

$25,888
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2018 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i M Sport Glacier Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 73591 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2018 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i M Sport Glacier Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$47,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2002 BMW 318i Auto sport Luxury / Low kms 106000 /Rwc✔️Rego✔️Warranty✔️

  • 106000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

🔥💥CLEARANCE SALE💥🔥 The price is with Rego and RWC Warranty Options 1 to 5 years Australia Wide/ Trade ins Welcome/ ✔️✌️✌️Easy Finance. CLICK HERE to apply http://www.southeastfinance.com.au/autobargaincentre ✔️🎁•• 06/2002 BMW 318i Auto sport Luxury/ Low kms 106xxx ✔️•Reliable// looks Great// Very Clean// Drives like a Dream ✅Odometer: 106xxx kms/ Log book/ 2x remote keys/ Serviced already/ ✅ Freezing 🥶 air con/ Central Locking/ super clean/ ✅ Electronic Sunroof/ Leather seat

$6,900
Archerfield, QLD

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2007 BMW 3 Series E90 325i Sedan 4dr Steptronic 6sp 2.5i Silver Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 112009 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

Looking for a family car that will accommodate every family member? Look no further than this 2007 BMW 325i Sedan. ** Features ** Dual Front Airbag Package Air Conditioning Multi Function Steering Wheel Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Radio CD Player Leather Upholstery Power Sunroof ** Dealer Charges Apply. ** We offer competitive finance packages with many options available. ** Extended warranty plans and roadside assistance available for 1, 3, and 5 years. ** Trade-ins welcome

$12,950
Liverpool, NSW

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2014 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0813 328i Sport Line Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 80583 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This pre loved BMW 328i Sport line will not fail to impress, with only 79,000km on the clock, a full service history accompanied by two keys this car ticks all the boxes. Onboard comes with heads up display, navigation, keyless entry and start, dual zone climate control and the safety pack proving lane departure warning with steering assist and blind spot monitors. The list of features keeps going, inquire today to test drive this luxurious powerful seda

$29,990Drive Away^
Upper Mount Gravatt, QLD

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2007 BMW 320i E90 Silver Sedan

  • 147032 km
  • Sedan
  • 4

Vehicle is available for viewing by appoinment at our Springwood Showroom (23kms to CBD) Please only enquire if you are genuinely interested, as we are charged for each enquiry Booking is essential for personalized service, after hours and Sundays appointments are may be available at request... We accept credit cards We trade all makes and models. All independent inspections are welcome on all of our vehicles All of our vehicles are handpicked and independently road and workshop test

$8,990
Springwood, QLD

Dealer used
21 hours ago

2010 BMW 3 Series 20i LIFESTYLE

  • 137248 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This beautiful Luxury BMW is in immaculate condition. Service history and 2 keys and only 137kms. Drives like new. Comes with a 1 year warranty at NO charge to you !!! We can deliver to your door anywhere in Australia. Be quick at this price it won’t last long !!! Ask us for more information

Contactless
$13,995
Eastern Creek, NSW

Dealer used
22 hours ago

2007 BMW 325i E90 Silver 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 123500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

FULL SERVICE HISTORY. 2007 BMW 325i AUTO SEDAN PRESENTED IN SILVER. HIGH SPEC LUXURY EUROPEAN SEDAN THAT IS SURE TO IMPRESS IN SHOWROM CONDITION. 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 point mechanical check. Note - all our Internet speci

$15,990
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2015 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 318i Sport Line Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 30968 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 3 cyl

THIS BMW ALSO INCLUDES THESE FEATURES: - 360-Degree Technical and Optical Check - 6 month / 10,000 km Service Free Period - Minimum 24 Month Roadside Assistance and Accident Management - Verified Service History - Use of Genuine BMW Parts and Accessories - Balance of BMW service plan until 65,000kms or 20/11/2022 - Sport Line - DAB+ Tuner - Telephony with extended smartphone connectivity - BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line - Glacier Silver metallic - Head Up Display - Business Navigation

$31,990Drive Away^
Darra, QLD

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2006 BMW 323i E90 Silver 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 204704 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

WE'RE STILL OPEN REMOTELY! Offering virtual tours via FACETIME to maintain buying confidence. Contactless delivery options available. ENQUIRE TODAY ON .

$10,999
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2009 BMW 323i E90 MY09 Silver 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 149500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

***UPGRADED RIMS*** 2009 BMW 323i AUTO SEDAN PRESENTED IN SILVER. HIGH SPEC LUXURY PERFORMANCE EUROPEAN SEDAN THAT IS SURE TO IMPRESS IN PRISTINE CONDITION. 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 point mechanical check. Note - all our Inter

$17,888
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2012 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0812 328i Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 129733 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2012 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0812 328i Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$24,990
Bowen Hills, QLD

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2017 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 340i M Sport Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 67300 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

Don't miss out on this low km BMW 340i M Sport! - Parking sensors - Dual zone climate control - CD player - Bluetooth - Multi function media screen - Push to start - Built in sat nav - Leather interior - Automatic headlights - Rain sensing wipers We have market leading prices and friendly staff that are committed to making your buying experience as smooth as possible! Looking at Financing? Enquire now and ask us about our quick, easy and transparent finance options! We have access to various

$59,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2012 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
17/01/2022

2015 BMW 3 Series F30 MY1114 328i M Sport Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 75945 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*** GREAT VALUE, GENUINE ENQUIRERS PLEASE*** *** Just Arrived, Based in ACT, Finance available to approved customers *** 2015 BMW 3 Series F30 MY1114 328i M Sport Sedan 4dr SptAuto Safety Options Bluetooth Reverse Camera Sat Nav Priced to sell *** We research our cars on daily bases to provide the most competitive deals for you! *** *** COMPETITIVE FINANCE DEALS *** Why buy from us? We are a major Canberra Dealer for your peace of mind and have been a part of the Canberra Commun

$34,888
Phillip, ACT

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2018 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 320d M Sport Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 40063 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

** PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU ENQUIRE ** ** ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE PRICE CHECKED DAILY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE COMPETITIVELY PRICED FOR THEIR CONDITION, YEAR AND MILEAGE. WE OFFER A HASSLE FREE, NO HAGGLE POLICY ON ALL OUR QUAILITY VERIFIED PRE-OWNED VEHICLES** ** PLEASE DO NOT ENQUIRE ON THIS VEHICLE IF YOU ARE EXPECTING A SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT AS YOU WILL BE WASTING YOUR TIME AND OURS ** ** OUR ONLINE SHOWROOM IS OPEN 24 HOURS WITH THE ABILITY TO RESERVE VEHICLES ** CONTACT US TO BOOK A V

$49,990Drive Away^
Springvale, VIC

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2012 BMW 320d F30 320d Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 119000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2012 BMW 320d finished in bright glacier sliver metallic with contrasting black sensetec interior and multispoke wheels, this vehicle presents exceptionally well both inside and out. The fuel economy is amazing and a pleasure to drive with its 8 speed auto gearbox along with steering paddle shift. Will not disappoint any inspection and don't hesitate these don't last long !!

$22,980
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2009 BMW 3 Series E90 MY09 320i Steptronic Executive Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 129593 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2009 BMW 3 Series E90 MY09 320i Steptronic Executive Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$14,990
Bowen Hills, QLD

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i Luxury Line Platinum 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 105250 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i Luxury Line Platinum 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$36,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
17/01/2022

2004 BMW 318i E46 Silver 5 Speed Automatic Steptronic Sedan

  • 204860 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

one local owner. very tidy vehicle. affordable price.

$6,900Drive Away^
Toowoomba, QLD

Dealer used
17/01/2022

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.