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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 3 Series E90 MY09 320i Steptronic Executive White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 148043 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

We are proud to present this amazing 2009 BMW 320i Sedan. In great condition finished in white with a black leather Interior. A well looked after vehicle. A beautiful car at a realistic and affordable price. BOOK A TEST DRIVE! We take the car to your home or workplace For over a decade BM Prestige has been serving Australia with the finest second hand prestige vehicles. Contact one of our sales people to arrange a test drive so we can provide you with the time and service

$14,888Drive Away^
Bowen Hills, QLD

Dealer used
23/02/2021

Top2019 BMW 3 Series G20 320d Steptronic M Sport Black Sapphire 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 14727 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2019 BMW 3 Series G20 320d Steptronic M Sport Black Sapphire 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$60,888
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2004 BMW 3 Series E46 MY2004 318i Steptronic Sport Silver 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 163482 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2004 BMW 318I...M SPORTS, SUNROOF, LEATHER, FOG LIGHT, 17 ALLOY WHEELS, CD PLAYER. Family owned business , operating and servicing NSW for over 30 years. Any vehicle Inspection welcomed , with two conveniently based locations we have everyone sorted. Revesby NSW Yard - Centrally located 25 minutes from Sydney Airport. Home of all your used car needs for all of Milperra, Condell Park, Bankstown, Panania, Padstow, Picnic Point, Revesby Heights and Padsto

$7,999
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
23/02/2021

Top2001 BMW 318i E46 Blue 4 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 297962 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

VEHICLE SOLD AS IS! NO RWC PROVIDED! NO REGESTRATION! WE'RE STILL OPEN REMOTELY! Also offering virtual tours via FACETIME to maintain buying confidence. Contactless delivery options available. ENQUIRE TODAY ON . USED CAR CLEARACE CENTER. We are located in Melbourne’s West, only 25 Minutes from Melbourne CBD. Open 7 days a week, MONDAY TO SATURDAY 9AM to 5PM and SUNDAY 10AM to 2PM TO SPEED UP YOUR FINACE APPLICATION, PLEASE BRING WITH

$2,499
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
23/02/2021

Top2007 BMW 3 Series E90 320i Steptronic Gold 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 61708 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Just Arrived!! Located at Easyauto 123 Hendra at 420 Nudgee Road, Hendra. Come on down and view Queenslands biggest range of quality verified prize range cars today. Our fixed-priced cars are always the best price, no need for negotiation Come and see our amazing range of sub $10,000 Budget cars and easyauto123 Quality Verified™ cars Industry leading finance options, no application refused We buy cars, ask us about our free, no obligation valuation service As

$12,977Drive Away^
Hendra, QLD

Dealer used
24/02/2021

Top2010 BMW 3 Series E90 MY11 320i Steptronic Lifestyle Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 134882 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

M Sport Lifestyle Edition 2.0 Petrol Automatic Leather seats Sunroof Factory BMW Alloy wheels Log books and service history Sports Suspension Bluetooth connectivity Immaculate condition Comes with current roadworthy certificate Jut serviced

$13,990
Hamilton North, NSW

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2011 BMW 3 Series E90 MY1011 320d Steptronic Lifestyle Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 143476 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Here we have an exceptionally well maintained, One owner, full service history BMW 320d Lifestyle sedan being offered by Perths most trusted Luxury Vehicle Dealer. Features include Leather, Rear Park Assist, Electric Sunroof, Cruise Control, Alloy Wheels and more. At our world class luxury vehicle location we distribute a wide range of high-end and affordable automotive brands, making us one of Australias largest Luxury Vehicle groups. Our reputation as leaders in motoring excellence spans

$17,990
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
59 minutes ago

2008 BMW 320 turbo diesel automatic long rego

  • 169400 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Registered until 13/10/2021 No rwc Price firm Inspections and test drive welcome Clayton south Vic Peter

$7,999.99
Clayton South, VIC

3 hours ago

2000 BMW 325Ci E46 Blue 5 Speed Auto Steptronic Coupe

  • 191055 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

100% GUARANTEED TO SAVE YOU MONEY BECAUSE I WILL ALWAYS SELL YOU A CAR FOR CHEAPER THAN WHAT IT IS WORTH. PLEASE READ THIS AND YOU WONT REGRET IT. $$$ I SAVE MY CUSTOMERS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS $$$ AND THIS IS HOW. BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR SO LONG, I HAVE CONTACTS THAT SELL ONLY NEW VEHICLES AND THE USED VEHICLES THEY GET ON TRADE-INS I PICK AND CHOOSE TO BUY AND RE-SELL AT MY CA

$6,800
Punchbowl, NSW

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2002 Bmw 3 25i 5 Sp Automatic Steptronic 4d Sedan

  • 190000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

Regretfully selling my bmw. Drives immaculately and is a very clean car. Replaced spark plugs and tires less than 1 month ago. Leather interior. Contact via direct messages or gumtree messages please. Price is $6500 ono. All reasonable offers considered.

$6,500Negotiable
Boambee East, NSW

4 hours ago

2010 BMW 3 Series E90 MY10.5 320d Steptronic Lifestyle Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 219500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2010 BMW 320D... LEATHER, NAV, REAR SENSORS, ALLOY WHEELS, CD PLAYER. Family owned business , operating and servicing NSW for over 30 years. Any vehicle Inspection welcomed , with two conveniently based locations we have everyone sorted. Revesby NSW Yard - Centrally located 25 minutes from Sydney Airport. Home of all your used car needs for all of Milperra, Condell Park, Bankstown, Panania, Padstow, Picnic Point, Revesby Heights and Padstow Heights. <

$7,999
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
4 hours ago

BMW 325i Car

  • 186963 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl

1992 BMW 325i E36 Manual Coupe. Very sad that I have to sell this fantastic car. 2.5L double overhead cam. Very hard to find clean examples of these coupe's especially with manual transmission. Only 186963 km's which is very low for its age. Alpine white colour. Garaged most of its life. Features include: Power Steering, Power Windows, Power Sunroof, Power Side Mirrors, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning, Airbags, Tinted Windows, Leather Seats With Split Fold Rear Seats, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Rain

$11,500
Nedlands, WA

5 hours ago

2008 BMW 3 Series E91 MY09 323i Touring Steptronic Grey 6 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 146602 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

5 year warranty Available On the spot finance T.A.P All Enquiry’s www.countryautos.com.au Our Selected Used Vehicles all have: -Insurance history check -Stolen vehicle check -Odometre reading check -Finance Interest check We are a family business and we are dedicated to offering the best service and value to all of our customers. Our Service and Parts department can service most makes and models.<b

$13,990
West Tamworth, NSW

Dealer used
6 hours ago

BMW 1984 6 Cyclinder E30 Manuel

  • 22000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl

BMW 1984 E30 EFI 6 cyclinder 5 speed Manuel Hard Top Pick up from Thomastown Can deliver anywhere in Australia Contact Jim o 4 o 1 o 4 5 5 o 8

$10,000
Thomastown, VIC

6 hours ago

2008 BMW 3 series convertible

  • 55000 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

Up for sale is my beautiful 2008 BMW 325i Convertible . Nothing much too say! You will not find one with this low kms in Australia only 54,000 on the clock. She runs like a dream, absolute treat to drive. Will come with full logbook & service history, 2 keys,(3 months rego)It has always been serviced from BMW Artarmon & garaged only driven on weekends. Selling as upgrading to a larger car. $27500 is what I’m asking for it but will be slightly negotiable. Come have a look and test drive it. Loca

$27,500
Pennant Hills, NSW

6 hours ago

2010 BMW 323i E90

  • 140500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

Parting out 2010 323i Everything available and in great condition. Rather sell as a whole but can part even open to swaps. Cannot be registered

$8,000
Townsville, QLD

7 hours ago

2020 BMW 330i F30 LCI M Sport Blue 8 Speed Auto Steptronic Sport Sedan

  • 3720 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Extras includes Grill,19 inch M Double Spokes Wheels, M sport Package and Rear Spoiler FINANCE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR PERSONALISED PAYMENT. Call now for a tailored finance quote to suit your personalised needs from one of our 3 Finance Managers. Buy Online with complete confidence finance and payment, trade-in valuations, electronic documents and contactless e-sign. It has never been easier to secure the car of your dreams! 3 G20 30i M SPORT 2.0L T4 TUR

$73,990
Wyoming, NSW

Dealer used
7 hours ago

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

  • 38000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

For sale is our 2019 BMW 330i M SPORT PACKAGE! This car is loaded with every factory option you can imagine and is in immaculate condition inside and out. Comes with balance of new car warranty. Features and options include: M Sport package Comfort Package Visibility Package Driver assistance plus package M Sport body kit M Sport seats Sunroof October 2021 Registration Black Grill with M Sport Stripes Adaptive cruis

$63,990
Darra, QLD

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 320i M Sport Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 61527 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 320i M Sport Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$38,980
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2017 BMW 320i F30 LCI M Sport Black 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 120847 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

FULL SERVICE HISTORY AND UPGRADED ALLOY WHEELS.2017 BMW 320i M SPORT AUTO SEDAN PRESENTED IN BLACK. HIGH SPEC LUXURY EUROPEAN TURBO SEDAN THAT IS SURE TO IMPRESS IN SHOWROOM 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 mecha

$36,888
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

Great car for sale or swap

  • 280000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Needs alternator repaired still drives and is registered

$2,000Negotiable
Salisbury East, SA

8 hours ago

BMW 335i

  • 189000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto

Time to sell my BMW 335i. I've owed this car for 2 and a bit years,and I'm a licenced motor mechanic still in the trade and would like to point out the work that needed to be done to this car common with all BMW's. Last month I replaced the sump gasket along with the rocker cover gasket and also the oil filter gaskets common to leak oil. New spark plugs and all 6 coil packs renewed with Bosch type coils as per oem. Adding to the maintenance the BMW has new brake pads front and back with new rot

$19,500Negotiable
Hammondville, NSW

9 hours ago

2008 BMW 3 Series E90 MY08 320i Steptronic Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 142317 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2008 BMW 3 Series E90 MY08 320i Steptronic Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$10,990Drive Away^
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2002 BMW 316ti E46 Silver 5 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 212000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

-2002 BMW 3I6I T 3 DOOR HATCH -MODERN DESIGN AND DRIVING AT A BUDGET PRICE -4 CYLINDER ENGINE -5 SPEED MANUAL -LOOKS GREAT WITH THE M STYLE ALLOY WHEELS -VERY ECONOMICAL YET POWERFUL -ALLOY WHEELS -POWER STEERING -AIR COND -AIRBAGS -ABS BRAKES -TINTED WINDOWS -AND MANY MANY MORE OPTIONS -VERY RELIABLE MODEL -DRIVES AND HANDLES GREAT -REGO INCLUDED -RWC INCLUDED AND READY TO GO -WARRANTY INCLUDED <br

$5,999
Brooklyn, VIC

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2004 BMW E46 318i Auto

  • 124377 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

A great example of arguably the most timeless generation of BMWs. Good tyres with plenty of remaining life (Bridgestone RE002). Fresh engine and transmission oil, new radiator. Recent professional window tint, very cold air con and everything works as expected. All alloys in near perfect condition. Lady owner. Presents extremely well for the age with only a few imperfections here and there. Cruise control CD Player AUX input Air Conditioning Electric Windows Get in touch for an ins

$7,000
Albany Creek, QLD

9 hours ago

BMW 318I SEDAN WRECKING!

  • 280000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This BMW 318I has just arrived for wrecking. 11/2004 model 4 cylinder Automatic. ( no key) Plenty of good quality spare parts available at Partingtons 4wd and Auto parts Mega-store 632 Ingham road Townsville*****5544 Locally owned for over 50 years! The trusted name in quality used parts!

$1,234Negotiable
Mount Louisa, QLD

Dealer used
9 hours ago

BMW 325I E30 SEDAN 2DR AUTO 4SP 2.5I

  • 155456 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

BMW 325I E30 SEDAN 2DR AUTO 4SP 2.5I

$14,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2007 BMW 323i E90 MY08 323i Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 220000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl

For sale is our 2007 BMW 323i Manual Sedan. There isn't many manuals around. This car is in great condition inside and out. Features include: Xenon headlights Sunroof Leather interior Manual transmission Service history Climate control Cruise control & much much more!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * To arrange an inspection or for any further enquir

$8,750
Darra, QLD

Dealer used
10 hours ago

1992 bmw e36 auto

  • 190000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

(NO SWAPS UNLESS ITS ANY SORT OF JAP OR ANOTHER COOL CAR GIVE ME OFFERRSSSS) For sale a mint 92 bmw e36 5spd auto, this car makes a good project car. Paint is in perfect condition no scratches no anything and same goes with the interior only has scratches on the trim in the exterior from the previous owner but not noticeable unless up close and can easily be replaced for cheap from a u pull it. Car is in great shape has around 180k km on it and has no oil leaks I also got service books that I c

$4,600Negotiable
Adelaide CBD, SA

10 hours ago

MY12 BMW 3-Series M-Sport Convertible

  • 131000 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Beautiful fully-optioned ex-BMW showroom display 320d with $19,000 of extras, originally $100,000 when new. First registered May 2012. Very clean car, no smoking, pets or kids, always garaged. Pirelli run-flat tyres all round, spare key and logbook service history. Many modern features including: Bluetooth audio streaming and telephone SMS messaging in-car Satellite navigation with latest map update LED daytime running lights and auto high-beam Automatic wipers and headlights Smart key Rear pa

$21,500Negotiable
Newington, NSW

10 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.