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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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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
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Top2010 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
16/01/2022

Top2019 BMW 3 Series G20 330i Steptronic M Sport White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 14700 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WITH A GREAT MIX OF POWER AND LUXURY, THIS BMW 330i WAGON IS PACKED WITH THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! - PANORAMA GLASS ROOF - M SPORT PACKAGE - SPORTS SEATS - HEADS UP DISPLAY - ACTIVE CRUISE CONTROL - LED HEADLIGHTS - ADAPTIVE M SUSPENSION - DAB TUNER - HEATED STEERING WHEEL - KEYLESS ENTRY WITH PUSH TO START - PARKING SENSORS - REVERSE CAMERA WITH 360 DEGREE VIEW - LEATHER INTERIOR - ELECTRIC SEAT ADJUSTMENT - FRONT HEATED SEATS - AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS - RAIN SENSING WIPERS We have market leadin

$67,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

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
20 hours ago

Top2014 BMW 328i F30 MY14 Sport Line Black 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 63582 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Located less than 15min south of the Bris. CBD. And 20 min from the Bris. Airport. This 2014 BMW 328i M-SPORT SEDAN is a 2.0 Litre 4cyl Turbo with an 8 Speed Automatic and has travelled 63,000kms. This 328i is finished in Sapphire Black with Black Leather Interior and features: + 19 Inch Wheels + Sunroof + Satellite Navigation + Park Distance Control with Rear Parking Camera + Head Up Display + Dual Zone Climate Control + Keyless Start + Cruise Control + Automatic Headlights + Bluetooth and Mu

$34,800
Mansfield, QLD

Dealer used
8 hours ago

Top2011 BMW 3 Series 20i LIFESTYLE Auto

  • 170000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

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$10,999
Greenslopes, QLD

Dealer used
15/01/2022

2014 BMW 328i F30 MY14 Sport Line Black 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 63582 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Located less than 15min south of the Bris. CBD. And 20 min from the Bris. Airport. This 2014 BMW 328i M-SPORT SEDAN is a 2.0 Litre 4cyl Turbo with an 8 Speed Automatic and has travelled 63,000kms. This 328i is finished in Sapphire Black with Black Leather Interior and features: + 19 Inch Wheels + Sunroof + Satellite Navigation + Park Distance Control with Rear Parking Camera + Head Up Display + Dual Zone Climate Control + Keyless Start + Cruise Control + Automatic Headlights + Bluetooth and Mu

$34,800
Mansfield, QLD

Dealer used
8 hours ago

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

$29,750
Sumner, QLD

Dealer used
15 hours ago

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
20 hours ago

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
Yesterday

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

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$15,990
Gepps Cross, SA

Dealer used
Yesterday

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

  • 14700 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

WITH A GREAT MIX OF POWER AND LUXURY, THIS BMW 330i WAGON IS PACKED WITH THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! - PANORAMA GLASS ROOF - M SPORT PACKAGE - SPORTS SEATS - HEADS UP DISPLAY - ACTIVE CRUISE CONTROL - LED HEADLIGHTS - ADAPTIVE M SUSPENSION - DAB TUNER - HEATED STEERING WHEEL - KEYLESS ENTRY WITH PUSH TO START - PARKING SENSORS - REVERSE CAMERA WITH 360 DEGREE VIEW - LEATHER INTERIOR - ELECTRIC SEAT ADJUSTMENT - FRONT HEATED SEATS - AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS - RAIN SENSING WIPERS We have market leadin

$67,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
Yesterday

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

$62,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
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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
16/01/2022

2011 BMW 3 Series 20i LIFESTYLE Auto

  • 170000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2011 BMW 320i Auto $10999 ✅Rego: ✅ODO:170,000km ✅Electric seats ✅Sat-Navigation ✅ leather trim ✅Bluetooth ✅Push button start ✅4cyl ✅2.0L Petrol engine ✅Rear and front parking sensors 🔥IMPACT 💕💙💕💙💕💙💕💙Follow us on instagram please: See more cars at: 😎 www.aussiefirstcar.com.au 😊Please arrange a time for inspections and confirm your booking before coming to the yard We are at:499 Logan Road Greenslopes

$10,999
Greenslopes, QLD

Dealer used
15/01/2022

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.