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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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2003 BMW 318i E46 EXECUTIVE 2.0 Auto Luxury Sedan
2003 BMW 318i E46 EXECUTIVE 2.0 Auto Luxury Sedan
2003 BMW 318i E46 EXECUTIVE 2.0 Auto Luxury Sedan
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2003 BMW 318i E46 EXECUTIVE 2.0 Auto Luxury Sedan

$3,200
  • 190751 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Here is a bargain priced BMW E46 its an 318i executive so its got all the luxury extras you would expect . Its a compact car that is very cheap on fuel but with all the appeal of a larger luxury sedan, This is a very comfortable and well appointed car , it’s original and honest and as its a BMW is a fun car to drive. This is a very well built car , it’s practical and beautifully designed . Its got a lot of great features it’s an economical and responsive 2.0 litre 4 cylinder motor and is a

Campbelltown AreaLeumeah

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2013 BMW 3 Series E92 MY1112 320d Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe
2013 BMW 3 Series E92 MY1112 320d Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe
2013 BMW 3 Series E92 MY1112 320d Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe
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2013 BMW 3 Series E92 MY1112 320d Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

$24,989
  • 42952 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
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** M-Sport Performance ** ** Sunroof ** ** Professional Navigation ** ** Comfort Access ** ** Full Service History ** We are able to perform a click and collect situation for those who do not wish to leave your house or engage yourself, please contact the dealership to familiarise yourself with the process. We are able to bring a vehicle to you for you to purchase (some conditions will apply) along with having all financing options/facilities available via phone a

Melville AreaMyaree

28/05/2020

2003 BMW 3 Series E46 MY2003 318i Steptronic Executive Black 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan
2003 BMW 3 Series E46 MY2003 318i Steptronic Executive Black 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan
2003 BMW 3 Series E46 MY2003 318i Steptronic Executive Black 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan
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2003 BMW 3 Series E46 MY2003 318i Steptronic Executive Black 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$6,990
  • 136084 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

E46 EXECUTIVE SEDAN 4DR STEPTRONIC 5SP 2.0L (MY04) ***LUXURY*** ***GREAT FIRST CAR*** ***GOOD ON FUEL*** - 2.0L PETROL ENGINE - 5SPD AUTO TRANSMISSION - CREAM LEATHER TRIM - SUNROOF - POWER WINDOWS - POWER STEERING And much much more..... This absolute beauty has passed our premium safety check, all the hard work has already been done for you. Warranty, Premium protection for you and your car. Excellent Car for persons of all ages, whether

Blacktown AreaMount Druitt

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2007 BMW  320i EXECUTIVE Automatic Sedan
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2007 BMW 320i EXECUTIVE Automatic Sedan

$7,450
  • 146000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

bmw 320i automatic log books mag wheels window tint leather trim electric windows cold a/c climate control cruise control abs traction control premiun sound in excellent condition drives perfectly At right price motors perth were always better on price with quality vehicles We can source quick and easy finance even on customers who don’t have the best credit history. Click on the link below to apply or call neil on https://loansunlimited.by

Victoria Park AreaSt James

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FINANCE FROM $75 PER WEEK* - 2013 BMW 316I F30 MY14 AUTO CAR LOAN
FINANCE FROM $75 PER WEEK* - 2013 BMW 316I F30 MY14 AUTO CAR LOAN
FINANCE FROM $75 PER WEEK* - 2013 BMW 316I F30 MY14 AUTO CAR LOAN
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$75
  • 60472 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Get your finance approved today by calling Joe from On Road Finance on . From just $75 per week*, you could be driving this beautiful 2013 BMW 316i F30 Petrol Auto Sedan! *Vehicle cash price is $19980 or available on finance from $75 per week. Finance is calculated over a 7 year loan term at 6.95% interest rate, (8.68% comparison rate). Standard lending terms, fees and conditions apply. Please visit https://onroadfinance.com.au/application-form/ to submit a free online appl

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2006 BMW 3 Series E91 323i Touring 5dr Steptronic 6sp 2.5i [Feb] Black Sapphire Sports Automatic
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$8,950
  • 115958 km
  • Wagon
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$14,500
  • 114000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
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Up for sale is my Bimmer. 2nd owner and have had it for 1 year and 6 months. Previous owner had it for 8 years. Registered until Dec 2020. All up no issues. Runs smooth. Mechanically and aesthetically in pristine condition. Extremely well looked after car with low ks. Only use petrol 98 and occasionally 95. Some of the features below. Proximity start. Touch for lock up - No key required. Unlock with key in pocket. Memory seat for driver. Front electronic seats. Dimming rear view mirror. Crui

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2004 BMW 325Ci E46 Titanium Silver 5 Speed Auto Steptronic Coupe
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$10,990
  • 137209 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
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2005 BMW 320I AUTOMATIC PETROL E90 SEDAN 4DR STEPTRONIC 6SP 2.0i
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$6,490
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  • 232672 km
  • Convertible
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  • 180000 km
  • Sedan
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  • 158000 km
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2009 BMW 335i E93 MY09 Bronze 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Convertible
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$22,990
  • 74190 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

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2003 Bmw 3 18i 5 Sp Automatic Steptronic 4d Sedan

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$9,000
  • Contactless trade
  • 70246 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

For sale is the above vehicle, blue in colour, in excellent condition. It is a one owner vehicle with very low kilometres and has always been garaged. The car is fitted with a factory sunroof and has unblemished cream leather interior. Full service history, three keys, 10 months Victorian registration, and RWC supplied. FIRST TO SEE THIS VEHICLE WILL BUY AS IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, AND IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT! DRIVES VERY SMOOTH AND IS VERY RESPONSIVE. Contact Terry on Glen

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2010 BMW 3 Series E93 MY10.5 335i D-CT M Sport White 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch
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$14,645
  • 154003 km
  • Convertible
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2012 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0812 328i Sparkling Bronze 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan
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$16,997
  • 95678 km
  • Sedan
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2014 Bmw 3 20i 8 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

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  • 67500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling my Bmw 320i. It has been kept in immaculate condition and have always been serviced at BMW Rushcutters Bay. Brand new run flat Bridgestone tyres have been installed in March 20 and rego expires in March 2021.

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1995 Bmw 3 18i 5 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

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  • 139650 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

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  • 220 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

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2018 BMW 3 Series 330i Luxury Line F30 LCI Auto

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$47,000
  • Contactless trade
  • 14700 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

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2019 BMW 3 Series White Sports Automatic Sedan
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  • Sedan
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$6,666
  • Contactless trade
  • 145000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Pre-loved self use car. Regularly serviced. Full service history, come with owner's manual, spare key, spray paint at the same color, used coolant, customized shading plates. Drive away condition no faulty. New front tyres, new spark plugs, new fire coils, new alternator. Drove for 3 year in a very good condition. Sell due to moving and will upgrade. I love this car, hope to find someone will love it as well. Email / message contact preferred. Built 07/06, BMW, 320i, E90 Executive S

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$12,600
  • Contactless trade
  • 111000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

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2004 BMW 3 320Ci SPORT Automatic Coupe

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$10,300
  • 155000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

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Negotiable
  • Contactless trade
  • 14100 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Up for selling my BMW 320d E90 M-sport 2.0 turbo The car is in good condition, no mechanical issues at all, been owning this car for half year now, it doesn’t have any problems, drive like a dream, it pull so strong cuz it’s a diesel turbo once u test drive the the car then u will know. I modified the exhaust system , sounds amazing!!! Selling it due to going back my country, very regretful sell Welcome to ask my any question!

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2016 BMW MSport twin turbo

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$38,000 Negotiable
  • 39760 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

FINANCE AVAILABLE. Take your family anywhere in this 2016 BMW 3 Series. Check out these safety features: - ABS brakes - Rear parking sensors - Brake assist - Front parking sensors - Forward collision alert/warning - Driver airbag - Side vision camera - Rear vision camera - Front vision camera - Blind spot sensor - Side airbags FEATURES THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL LOVE: - Remote central locking - Bluetooth functionality - Inbuilt harddisk drive - Leather steering wheel - Regenerative brakes - Head

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$8,000
  • 113000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

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  • 45000 km
  • Sedan
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  • 4 cyl

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2011 bmw 335i e93

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$36,000
  • 41800 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
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2007 Bmw 3 20i 6 Sp Automatic Steptronic 4d Sedan

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  • 165000 km
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  • 4 cyl

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  • 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.