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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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Top2022 BMW 3 Series G20 330i Steptronic M Sport White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 4501 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4

This BMW 330i Sedan is Immaculately Presented in Mineral White and finished with Black Interior. Optional Features fitted to this vehicle include -Comfort Package -Steering-wheel heating -Automatic operation of tailgate -Lumbar support for driver and front passenger -Seat heating for driver and front passenger -Visibility Package -BMW Laserlight -Glass roof, electrical -M Sport package -M leather steering wheel -Sport seats for driver and front passenger Our state-of-the-art showroom is locat

$89,800Drive Away^
Canterbury, NSW

Dealer used
19/05/2022

Top2011 BMW 3 Series E92 MY0911 325i Steptronic Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 81494 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.5L

2011 BMW 325I E92 Coupe in Titan Silver Metallic with only 82000 kms - Glass Electric Sunroof - Comfort Access - Electric Sports Front Seats with Memory Function - Hi Fi Sound System - Park Distance Control - Lights Package Located 20 minutes down the freeway from Perth CBD, with convenient parking onsite, we offer a large range of products and services to help turn your BMW dreams into a reality. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional luxury vehicles along with flawless cust

$19,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
19/05/2022

Top2021 BMW 3 Series G21 330i Touring Steptronic M Sport Mineral Grey 8 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 7000 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2021 BMW 3 Series G21 330i Touring Steptronic M Sport Mineral Grey 8 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

$77,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
19/05/2022

Top2021 BMW 3 Series G20 330i Steptronic M Sport Black 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 11789 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Skip the LONG Waiting list and get this car TODAY! 2021 BMW 3 Series G20 330i M Sport Sedan WITH Optional and HIGHLY DESIRABLE Visibility Package. ==Factory Options fitted== 19" M Lt/Aly wheels Double-spoke 791 M / MT, runflat tyrs $600 Deletion of front passenger lumbar support / front passenger backrest width adj. $-300 Seat heating for driver and front passenger $700 M High-Gloss Shadow Line with extended contents $500 Delete Driving Assistant Plus/Prof $-2,500 ==Packages fitted==

$79,990Drive Away^
Fortitude Valley, QLD

Dealer used
4 hours ago

Top2010 BMW 3 Series E90 MY10 320d Steptronic Executive Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 267940 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Feel safe in the knowledge that this car has been safety and mechanically checked by Tasmania`s largest and oldest dealership network, operating for over 100 years. We can help with tailored and competitive finance packages, free on-site trade in valuations, top dollar on trade ins, offer a huge range of cars available for immediate delivery and If you can`t come to us we`ll come to you. We can even help arrange freight for interstate buyers!

$11,995
Derwent Park, TAS

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2007 BMW 325i E93 Cashmere Beige 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Convertible

  • 148323 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.5L

2007 BMW 325i 6 CYLINDER SPORTS CONVERTIBLE/COUPE AUTOMATIC PRESENTED IN METALLIC GOLD WITH CONTRASTING BEIGE SPORTS LEATHER SEATING FEATURES INCLUDED IN THIS VERY GOOD LOOKING SPORTS COUPE/CONVERTIBLE WIDE SCREEN PROFESSIONAL SAT NAVIGATION 19" ALLOY WHEELS UPGRADE SOUND SYSTEM FULLY ELECTRIC HARD TOP /CONVERTIBLE SERVICE HISTORY FULL LEATHER ELECTRIC SEATING BLUETOOTH THE LIST GOES ON WITH THIS ONE AND JUST DETAILED ALL READY TO GO !! FINANCE AND WARRANTY AVAILABLE ON RE

$19,999
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
19/05/2022

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

  • 114316 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

All our vehicles are handpicked and are backed by a 2 year Customer Care Plan up to 175,000km (on selected vehicles, conditions apply). With competitive finance deals tailored to your needs, our state of t he art Mazda dealership is located in the heart of South West Sydney, 30 minutes from the CBD and a stone throw away from the M5. You are able to leave a fully refundable holding deposit on the vehic le, subject to your viewing and test drive, providing y

$11,990
Liverpool, NSW

Dealer used
14 minutes ago

2019 BMW 3 Series G20 320i Steptronic M Sport Portimao Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 16701 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2019 BMW 3 Series G20 320i Steptronic M Sport Portimao Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$64,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
24 minutes ago

2019 BMW 3 Series G20 330i Steptronic M Sport Alpine White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 81341 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2019 BMW 3 Series G20 330i Steptronic M Sport Alpine White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$61,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
24 minutes ago

2007 BMW 3 Series E90 320i Steptronic Executive Grey 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 121126 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

LOCATED ON THE SUNSHINE COAST .. COMPLETE SERVICE HISTORY ,,TWO KEYS..FACTORY SUNROOF LOVELY VEHICLE THROUGHOUT. IF IT IS ADVERTISED THEN IT IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE AND READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY . CURRENT SAFETY CERTIFICATE, CLEAR TITLE , STATUTORY WARRANTY . Only one hour north of Brisbane and ten minutes south of the Sunshine Coast Airport. Henderson cars is independently owned and operated and over twenty years at the same address.The Henderson name means a great deal as do our reviews. The

$11,990
Mooloolaba, QLD

Dealer used
39 minutes ago

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

  • 63967 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

**Beautiful Condition Inside & Out!!!**BMW 328i M Sport 2018!!!**Amazing To Drive!!!**Enquire Now!!!** *Just Arrive And Presents Beautifully, Interior And Exterior In Awesome Condition. Call Now To Secure A Test Drive That Will Amaze. *2.0L Turbo Charged Engine *8 Speed Automatic Transmission *M Sport Styling *Call/Enquire Now *****PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS BELOW BEFORE ENQUIRING***** WE ARE LOCATED IN VICTORIA AND JUST 30 MINUTES FROM THE MELBOURNE CBD AND IF YOU SEE IT ADVERTISED THEN YES

$49,990Drive Away^
Berwick, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

BMW 1981 E21 3 Series

  • 130000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.8L

Regretable sale of BMW E21 Purchased to restore but I have no time currently. Better with someone who can do the work. Currently does not run. Has a little rust but structurally sound. It is complete which makes it a great opportunity.

$7,500
Melbourne CBD, VIC

2 hours ago

2002 BMW 330Ci E46 Orient Blue 5 Speed Automatic Steptronic Convertible

  • 172221 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2002 BMW 330Ci E46 Orient Blue 5 Speed Automatic Steptronic Convertible

$14,950
Five Dock, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2013 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0813 328i Modern Line Grey 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 86623 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Located in close proximity to Brisbane city, we are Brisbane's premier used vehicle specialists. Stocking only high quality pre-loved vehicles which have all been comprehensively checked by our trained technicians to offer you hassle free buying and worry free motoring. We offer no deposit finance and leasing options to suit your needs. You also have the option to protect your investment by selecting a Vehicle Safeguard plan with options ranging from 12 months to 36 months. All safeguard plans

$30,990Drive Away^
Nundah, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2003 BMW 318i Blue Sedan

  • 164463 km
  • Sedan

2003 BMW 318i Blue Sedan

$8,990
Springwood, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

1996 Bmw 3 28i 5 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 210000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.8L

BMW e36 328i 1996 Automatic Central locking Log book service Revese sensor Cruise control Kenwood CD player usb aux Bluetooth 6 months registration Excellent condition for its age Sun roof Always service A/C Full power option Coilover suspension Exhaust system Welcome to inspect with any mobile mechanic Blacktown nsw Read less Read less Read less

$6,400
Blacktown, NSW

3 hours ago

2004 Bmw 3 18i 5 Sp Automatic Steptronic 4d Sedan

  • 140000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Very clean and tidy 2004 BMW 318i, new tires and recent full service. This car has been garage kept it’s whole life, no faults, mechanically sound. I would keep it but I need to finance another project. Come and see for yourself, it is in mint condition. powerful, very safe, practical car. Contact for more photos or info.

$8,500Negotiable
Glenelg North, SA

3 hours ago

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i Sport Line Alpine White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 110224 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i Sport Line - Sunroof - Bluetooth connectivity - USB port & Aux input - Navigation - Lane departure warning - 360 Camera - Parking sensors - Climate control - Leather Interior - Steering paddle shifters - Full Service History - Alloy Wheels JUST 20 MINUTES FROM THE AIRPORT - HEAD NORTH TO THE END OF THE RING ROAD! Buy with confidence! Get in touch with us now! BRAND NEW Northern Motor Group state of the art, award-winning dealership, multi-franchise, with 7 b

$38,888Drive Away^
Bundoora, VIC

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2013 BMW 3 Series E93 MY0313 320d Steptronic High-line Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Convertible

  • 62827 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF BEAUTIFUL CARS WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO 3 YEAR GRAND WARRANTY INCLUDED FINANCE AVAILABLE UP TO 7 YEAR TERMS SITUATED AT 45 LEAKES RD LAVERTON NORTH 3026 We are proud to offer this magnificent 2014 BMW 320D ' EDITION' AUTOMATIC CONVERTIBLE with only 62000klms VERY RARE LAST OF SERIES AND ONLY 62000KLMS CREDIT TO ITS PREVIOUS OWNER 19 INCH CUSTOM ALLOYS INCLUDED MAGNIFICENT-PERFORMANCE-COMFORT-POWER-STANCE-PRESTIGE MUST BE SEEN TO BE TRULY APPRECIATED ANOTH

$39,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
3 hours ago

Manual 2000 Bmw 325ci

  • 170000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl 2.5L

Moving to Melbourne and thinking about getting rid of it before i go 2000 325ci Manual M54b25 Comes with: Sparco Shift Knob Sparco bucket seat NRG quick release steering wheel XYZ Adjustable Coilovers Wide Track Wheels with brand new front tyres Black Grilles Cold Air Intake, never got around to mounting it but wouldn’t be a massive job Custom Exhaust Setup Has rego until October, No Rwc

$13,000
Bundall, QLD

3 hours ago

2005 bmw 320i 6spd manual

  • 192000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2005 320i 6spd manual Excellent condition inside and out Rego till September Full leather interior

$9,500
Austins Ferry, TAS

4 hours ago

2021 BMW 3 Series G20 330i Steptronic M Sport Black 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 11789 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Skip the LONG Waiting list and get this car TODAY! 2021 BMW 3 Series G20 330i M Sport Sedan WITH Optional and HIGHLY DESIRABLE Visibility Package. ==Factory Options fitted== 19" M Lt/Aly wheels Double-spoke 791 M / MT, runflat tyrs $600 Deletion of front passenger lumbar support / front passenger backrest width adj. $-300 Seat heating for driver and front passenger $700 M High-Gloss Shadow Line with extended contents $500 Delete Driving Assistant Plus/Prof $-2,500 ==Packages fitted==

$79,990Drive Away^
Fortitude Valley, QLD

Dealer used
4 hours ago

BARGAIN …. BMW 335i twin turbo

  • 180000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

BARGAIN !!! FIRST COME .. FIRST SERVE ! Don’t look any further .. this is the car that u after !!! BMW 335i twin turbo , 0 to 100 is 5 seconds going strong and fast !! Done a major service and will come with rwc and rego . Full service books , clean car , auto , done 180,000 km leather seats , gps , Bluetooth , parking sensors , … etc . Very well looked after ! For serious buyers only , no time wasters or scammers ! Located in glen Waverley .

$21,000Negotiable
Glen Waverley, VIC

4 hours ago

2005 BMW 3 Series E46 MY2005 330Ci Steptronic Grey 5 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 141024 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

Call Dave on..... Call Ryan on..... Call Jay on..... ?? Hunter Wholesale Cars is a family owned and operated business. We have extensive experience in the motor industry and love what we do. We are passionate about delivering you the best vehicle to suit your needs, if we don’t have it in stock we will find it for you. We highly value our customers needs and that’s why we offer only the best quality cars at very competitive prices. We can trade your old ca

$15,990
Mayfield West, NSW

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2018 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 340i M Sport White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 80053 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

The SUPER SPORTY BMW F30 3 Series M340i M SPORT SEDAN is packed with ALL THE FEATURES ! Finished in ALPINE WHITE PAINT over the BLACK DAKOTA LEATHER UPHOLSTERY. The ULTRA SMOOTH 3.0 litre, 6 Cylinder Petrol Engine has 240kW & 450Nm of torque, coupled with the 8-Speed Sports Automatic Transmission is AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO DRIVE. THIS SENSATIONAL VEHICLE is equipped with : M Sport package M leather steering wheel M Aerodynamics package BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line BMW Individual headl

$61,759Drive Away^
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
9 hours ago

Bmw320i yr 2000

  • 250000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.2L

BMW 320i 2000 excellent condition wasting away in back yard

$2,000
Norlane, VIC

10 hours ago

2015 BMW 3 Series F30 MY1114 316i M Sport Black 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 112531 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

Ultra Sporty Black M-Sport 316I Sedan with full service history and 2 keys. Features: M-Sport package, Sun Roof, 19 inch alloys, heads up display, blind spot monitoring, sat nav, parking sensors, full leather upholstery, cruise control, push button start, climate control and so much more. Trade-ins are welcome and finance is available at great rates with fast approvals by our friendly team..

$26,999
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2014 BMW 3 Series F30 MY1114 320d Luxury Line Black 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 80659 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

***SATELLITE NAVIGATION***FRONT CAMERA***SUNROOF***LANE DEPARTURE***LEATHER TRIM***4 AIRBAG***17'ALLOY WHEELS*** ***ONLINE SHOWROOM OPEN BETWEEN 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM 7 DAYS A WEEK*** ***WE CAN SHOW YOU THIS CAR VIA VIDEO LINK*** ***YOU CAN BUY AND FINANCE THIS VEHICLE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME*** ***TRADE INS WELCOMED!*** We are Australia's Premier Toyota Dealership, We are very proud of our product and this particular vehicle is no exception. Our dealership is a state of the art,

$31,990Drive Away^
Elsternwick, VIC

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2017 BMW 330i F30 LCI M Sport White 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 78527 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

What a stunner! This very desirable 330i M-Sport has travelled very low kms and finished in the best colour. Optioned with factory sunroof, gloss black alloys, drivers assist package, endless list of features and a pleausre to drive, will be issued with 3 months rego at time of sale, priced to sell immediately and will not last! Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have b

$43,988
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2013 BMW 320i F30 MY1112 320i Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 99325 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Key Features: - Audio - Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette) - Audio - Aux Input USB Socket - Audio - Input for iPod Audio - MP3 Decoder Bluetooth System - Multi-function Control Screen - CD Player - Brake Assist Brake Emergency Display - Hazard/Stoplights - ABS (Antilock Brakes) Control - Traction Control - Electronic Stability Control - Corner Braking Control - Park Distance Front Control - Park Distance Rear - GPS Sat-Nav. - Multi-function Steering Wheel - Sports Power Steering - Ele

$28,999Drive Away^
Strathmore Heights, VIC

Dealer used
14 hours ago

  • Common FAQs
  • The most popular member of the marque known as the "ultimate driving machine”, the BMW 3 Series has also been described as the definitive luxury sports sedan that can take you from a standing start to 100km/h in just 5.8 seconds.
  • The BMW 3 Series can't claim to be a sports car as such. Even so, the M Sport variant in particular boasts the performance characteristics of any sporting rival, including the more expensive Mercedes AMG C series.
  • Earlier BMW 3 Series models are available as a coupe, sedan, tourer (wagon) or convertible with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. From 2014 onwards only, sedans and tourers rolled off the production lines.
  • Like most modern cars a BMW 3 Series should be serviced around every 10,000 kilometres and at least once a year. Recent BMW's have Condition Based Servicing (CBS) that monitors key functions to let you know when it's time to check in.
  • Known for higher servicing and replacement part costs, the BMW's counterpoint in this respect is its inherent quality. This is reflected in the prices it commands second hand, depending not only on age and what's on the odometer, but service history as well.

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.