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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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Top2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 340i M Sport Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 141233 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

# WE OFFER CONTACTLESS PURCHASING # As part of our unique service we provide FULL VIRTUAL VIDEO PRESENTATIONS # SAME-DAY FINANCE APPROVALS AVAILABLE # WE CAN TRADE-IN ALL MAKES & MODELS # DELIVERY AUSTRALIA-WIDE available # You could earn $150 with our unique REFERRAL PROGRAM for family & friends

$39,990
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

Top2011 BMW 3 Series E92 MY0911 330d Steptronic Brown 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 62872 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

OLY 62 000 KMS AND FULL SERVICE HISTORY. 2011 BMW 33D AUTO TURBO DIESEL COUPE PRESENTED IN GREY. HIGH SPEC LUXURY EUOPEAN COUPE THAT IS SUR ETO IMPRESS IN SHOWROOM CONDITON WITH WELL BELOW AVERAGE KMS. 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

$27,500
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

Top2019 BMW 3 Series G20 320i Steptronic M Sport White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 17550 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

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

$64,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
04/12/2021

Top2007 BMW 3 Series E92 MY08 323i Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 238342 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

AR are pleased to be selling this well presented 2007 BMW 3 Series E92 323i Coupe 2dr Steptronic 6sp 2.5i [MY08] VEHICLE PRESENTS IN FANTASTIC CONDITION, GOOD RUBBER ALL ROUND, GREAT OWNERSHIP HISTORY, INTERIOR IS A1 - FULL HISTORY - BLUETOOTH - F & R PARKING SENSORS AND GRAPHICAL DISPLAY - SELECTABLE DRIVING MODE - START / STOP - COLLISION MITIGATION & WARNING - HILL HOLDER - ELEC STABILITY / TRACTION AND CRUISE CONTROL - CLIMATE CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING - MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL

$12,990Drive Away^
Strathpine, QLD

Dealer used
04/12/2021

Top2012 BMW 3 Series 20i LIFESTYLE

  • 127686 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2012 BMW 320i Lifestyle 2.0L Automatic with only 127686 km on the clock. Excellent logbook services history. Freshly serviced and inspected by our mechanic. Immaculate condition inside out. Packed with luxury driving experience. Absolutely nothing to spent after purchasing. Perfect vehicle to spoil yourself with. Packed with features including; Alloy Wheels Leather Upholstery Parking Distance Control Front and back Power Front Seats Radio CD with 9 Speakers Satellite Navigation Wood Grain Trim

Contactless
$15,990
Gepps Cross, SA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

Top2009 BMW 3 Series E93 MY09 325i Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Convertible

  • 130123 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF BEAUTIFUL CARS WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO We are proud to offer this magnificent 2009 BMW 325i MOTORSPORT AUTOMATIC HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE ANOTHER FANTASTIC FIND BY TCB BESPOKE 3 YEAR GRAND WARRANTY INCLUDED SITUATED AT 45 LEAKES RD LAVERTON NORTH 3030 ELECTRIC LEATHER MEMORY HEATED SEATS FACTORY M-SPORT-WITH M-SPORT BODY, SUSPENSION,INTERIOR ,19 INCH ALLOYS STUNNING BLACK DUCO WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR BLUETOOTH-ABS-TRACTION-EBD MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEE

$24,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
03/12/2021

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

  • 7787 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

1ST REGISTERED AUGUST 2021 ONLY 7 700KMs BMW DASH CAMS FRONT & REAR. MARKET LEADING PRICES GUARANTEED - PREMIUM CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE - DONT MISS OUT! - AUSTRALIA WIDE DELIVERY - COMPLIMENTARY FULL TANK OF FUEL ON DELIVERY - ALL VEHICLES HAVE BEEN PRICED TO SELL - ALL OF OUR VEHICLES GO THROUGH OUR 100 POINT MECHANICAL INSPECTION CHECK THROUGH OUR BMW WORKSHOP OPTIONS INCLUDE; Paintwork ~ Portimao Blue Wheels ~ 1PL-19"" M Lt/Aly wheels Double-spoke 791 M Bicolour /

$78,950Drive Away^
Glenelg South, SA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2016 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 340i M Sport Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 141233 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

# WE OFFER CONTACTLESS PURCHASING # As part of our unique service we provide FULL VIRTUAL VIDEO PRESENTATIONS # SAME-DAY FINANCE APPROVALS AVAILABLE # WE CAN TRADE-IN ALL MAKES & MODELS # DELIVERY AUSTRALIA-WIDE available # You could earn $150 with our unique REFERRAL PROGRAM for family & friends

$39,990
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

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

  • 6422 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WITH A GREAT MIX OF POWER AND LUXURY, THIS BMW 320i IS PACKED WITH THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! - LOW KMS - HEADS UP DISPLAY - SUNROOF - KEYLESS ENTRY WITH PUSH TO START - PARKING SENSORS - REVERSE CAMERA WITH 360 DEGREE VIEW - LEATHER & ALCANTARA INTERIOR - ELECTRIC SEAT ADJUSTMENT - AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS - RAIN SENSING WIPERS With Market Leading Prices and Friendly Staff To Make Your Buying Experience Smooth And Easy With Our Fixed Priced Deals. FINANCING? Why Not Ask Us About Our Quick, Easy

$63,490
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2017 BMW 3 Series F30 LCI 330i Sport Line Red 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 99000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF BEAUTIFUL CARS WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO We are proud to offer this magnificent VERY RARE BMW 330 I 6SPD MANUAL SEDAN 2017 BMW 330 I F30LCi 7 spd MANUAL SEDAN SUPER RARE 7 SPD MANUAL COMPLETE AUTHORISED SERVICE HISTORY ANOTHER FANTASTIC FIND BY TCB BESPOKE 3 YEAR GRAND WARRANTY INCLUDED SITUATED AT 45 LEAKES RD LAVERTON NORTH 3026 AUSTRALIA WIDE PROMPT DELIVERY STUNNING RED DUCO WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR 7 SPD MANUAL TRANSMISSION WONDERFUL 2.0 LITRE TUR

$39,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
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2019 BMW 3 Series G20 320i Steptronic M Sport White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 17550 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

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

$64,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2007 BMW 3 Series E92 MY08 323i Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 238342 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

AR are pleased to be selling this well presented 2007 BMW 3 Series E92 323i Coupe 2dr Steptronic 6sp 2.5i [MY08] VEHICLE PRESENTS IN FANTASTIC CONDITION, GOOD RUBBER ALL ROUND, GREAT OWNERSHIP HISTORY, INTERIOR IS A1 - FULL HISTORY - BLUETOOTH - F & R PARKING SENSORS AND GRAPHICAL DISPLAY - SELECTABLE DRIVING MODE - START / STOP - COLLISION MITIGATION & WARNING - HILL HOLDER - ELEC STABILITY / TRACTION AND CRUISE CONTROL - CLIMATE CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING - MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL

$12,990Drive Away^
Strathpine, QLD

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2013 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0813 328i M Sport White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 119834 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

TWO KEYS!! FULL ONBOARD SERVICE HISTORY!! Bold and weekend ready BMW 328i M Sport in Alpine White, loaded with features like automatic headlights, cruise control, parking sensors, satellite navigation, dual climate control, push button start, and much much more. Enquire today so you don't miss out! As one of Queensland's largest fixed price warehouse, we offer a dynamic range of stock for our customers. Ranging from Small Automatics all the way through to Prestige and Top End Commercials. All

$26,990
Pinkenba, QLD

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2004 BMW 325Ci E46 Gold 5 Speed Auto Steptronic Coupe

  • 136000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

2004 BMW 325CI E46 AUOTMATIC COUPE FINNANCE FROM 85.21 P/W $16750 Driveaway This vehicle has undergone workshop & safety checks. It will come with Brand new 6 months registration and CTP in your state and a free 3-month warranty. Get the benefits of one-stop shopping with finance & insurance packages to suit all budgets, all trade-ins are welcome, and we deliver to all states. • ONE OWNER • LOW KMS • ALPINA BADGED • IMMACUATE CONDITION • FULL SERVICE HISTORY • This BMW 3 is dressed to impress

$16,750
Tweed Heads, NSW

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2012 BMW 335i F30 MY0812 335i Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 130000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

In stock and available for immediate delivery. Available for viewing at our undercover Brisbane 4074 showroom, Monday – Saturday, 14 kms from the CBD. UNBEATABLE VALUE - HAGGLE FREE FIXED PRICING For sale is our BMW 335i Twin Turbo Luxury Line. This car is in great condition inside and out. Features include: Powerful Twin Turbo Motor 6 Cylinder Sunroof Luxury Line package Beige leather interior Upgraded alloy wheels Sports steering wheel with pedal shifters Woodgrain interior insert

$29,990
Sumner, QLD

Dealer used
04/12/2021

2009 BMW 3 Series E93 MY09 325i Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Convertible

  • 130123 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF BEAUTIFUL CARS WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO We are proud to offer this magnificent 2009 BMW 325i MOTORSPORT AUTOMATIC HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE ANOTHER FANTASTIC FIND BY TCB BESPOKE 3 YEAR GRAND WARRANTY INCLUDED SITUATED AT 45 LEAKES RD LAVERTON NORTH 3030 ELECTRIC LEATHER MEMORY HEATED SEATS FACTORY M-SPORT-WITH M-SPORT BODY, SUSPENSION,INTERIOR ,19 INCH ALLOYS STUNNING BLACK DUCO WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR BLUETOOTH-ABS-TRACTION-EBD MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEE

$24,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
03/12/2021

2014 BMW 3 Series F30 MY0813 316i Black 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 78000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Don't miss out on this low km BMW 316i! - 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 lenders

$26,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

2011 BMW 3 Series E92 MY0911 330d Steptronic Brown 6 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 62872 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl

OLY 62 000 KMS AND FULL SERVICE HISTORY. 2011 BMW 33D AUTO TURBO DIESEL COUPE PRESENTED IN GREY. HIGH SPEC LUXURY EUOPEAN COUPE THAT IS SUR ETO IMPRESS IN SHOWROOM CONDITON WITH WELL BELOW AVERAGE KMS. 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

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Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

2012 BMW 3 Series 20i LIFESTYLE

  • 127686 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2012 BMW 320i Lifestyle 2.0L Automatic with only 127686 km on the clock. Excellent logbook services history. Freshly serviced and inspected by our mechanic. Immaculate condition inside out. Packed with luxury driving experience. Absolutely nothing to spent after purchasing. Perfect vehicle to spoil yourself with. Packed with features including; Alloy Wheels Leather Upholstery Parking Distance Control Front and back Power Front Seats Radio CD with 9 Speakers Satellite Navigation Wood Grain Trim

Contactless
$15,990
Gepps Cross, SA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

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

  • 27036 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Wow! what a credit to the previous owner! Ambient lighting pack Visibility Package including: • Glass roof • Bmw Laserlight Comfort package including: • Front seat lumbar support • Heated front seats • Auto tailgate Plus so so much more!!! * Blue tooth with audio streaming * * Cruise controls * * Leather seats * * Multi function displays * * Steering wheel controls * Speak to one of our staff for a Comprehensive Video on this Vehicle! With Market Leading Prices and Friendly Staff To M

$68,999
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2021

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

  • 220548 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*Located 15 minutes from Parramatta CBD *BEST PRICES GUARANTEE !!! *Easy Finance Approval NOW AVAILABLE! Bad Credits are welcome. *Every one of our cars come with a Pink slip / PPSR and Clear Title. *We offer 1-3 Year Warranty Parts and Labor Available *24/7 Road side assistance available. *Great trade in valuations offered. *Over 150 vehicle in stock. *Test Drive Today *Be Quick at this price it won't LAST!!!!! Our Vehicles May Have Been Reduced Online Due To &q

$7,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
03/12/2021

2010 BMW 3 Series E93 MY10 320d Steptronic Gold 6 Speed Sports Automatic Convertible

  • 104682 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

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 MY 2010 BMW 320 D CONVERTIBLE -LOW KLMS MY 2010 BMW 320D LCI UPDATE AUTOMATIC HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE STUNNING PLATINUM BRONZE METALLIC DUCO WITH CREAM LEATHER INTERIOR WONDERFULLY CARED FOR BY FASTIDIOUS PREVIOUS OWNER -ONLY 104000KLMS MAGNIFICENT 2.0 LITRE TURBO DIESEL EN

$26,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
01/12/2021

2020 BMW 3 Series G21 330i Touring Steptronic M Sport Black 8 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 19056 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WITH A GREAT MIX OF POWER AND LUXURY, THIS BMW 330i WAGON IS PACKED WITH THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! - LOW KMS - WIRELESS CHARGING - KEYLESS ENTRY WITH PUSH TO START - PARKING SENSORS - REVERSE CAMERA WITH 360 DEGREE VIEW - LEATHER INTERIOR - ELECTRIC SEAT ADJUSTMENT - HEATED SEATS - AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS - RAIN SENSING WIPERS With Market Leading Prices and Friendly Staff To Make Your Buying Experience Smooth And Easy With Our Fixed Priced Deals. FINANCING? Why Not Ask Us About Our Quick, Easy

$79,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
30/11/2021

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.