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

  • 168599 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2007 BMW 320I M SPORT....SUNROOF, LEATHER, NAV, REAR SENSOR, 18 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. Elderslie NSW Y

$9,999
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
17/05/2022

Top2019 BMW 3 Series G20 330i Steptronic Luxury Line Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 37000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Please only enquire if you have genuine purchase interest in the vehicle as we are charged per enquiry. The car is available for sale if online. Available for viewing by appointment at our undercover Brisbane QLD 4074, showroom, Monday – Saturday, 14 kms from the CBD. We offer HAGGLE FREE FIXED PRICING on our vehicles. The advertised price is our best price. For sale is our 2019 BMW 330i Luxury Line! This car is in great condition inside and out. Finished in blue metallic paint over be

$65,995
Sumner, QLD

Dealer used
19 hours ago

Top2013 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
18/05/2022

Top2015 BMW 328i F30 MY15 Upgrade Sport Line Silver 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 32081 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

All vehicles are sold with minimum 3 months registration. This silver BMW 3 28I SPORT LINE is in excellent condition. This is a 5 seat, 4 door vehicle with automatic transmission. It has travelled 32081 km during its lifetime. It has a petrol fuel system with consumption of 6.3 L/100 km. It comes with the following installed features: Adaptive Headlights; Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft; CD with 6 CD Stacker; Park Assist; Power Sunroof. Vehicle service history: - Previous service on 29/08/201

$39,990
Alexandria, NSW

Dealer used
16/05/2022

Top2020 BMW 3 Series G21 330i Touring Steptronic M Sport Grey 8 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 221858 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

**CHECK OUT THIS WEAPON**ONE OWNER**PRESENTS AS NEW** Loaded with tons of extras including **BMW DRIVE RECORDER**COMFORT PACK inc heated steering wheel and heated front/rear seats**HARMON/KARDON 16 SPEAKER SOUND SYSTEM**FRONT SEAT LUMBAR SUPPORT**PANORAMA GLASS ROOF**VISIBILITY PACKAGE**AMBIENT LIGHTING**BMW LASER LIGHT HEADLIGHTS**FINE WOOD TRIM**BMW INDIVIDUAL TRIM FINISHERS**BMW INDIVIDUAL METALLIC OXIDE GREY PAINT**SHADOW LINE PACKAGE** ***** All CARS SOLD OUT OF MIDLAND CITY TO WA CUSTO

$79,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
18/05/2022

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

  • 23353 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

WITH A GREAT MIX OF POWER AND LUXURY, THIS BMW 320d IS PACKED WITH THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! - M2 COMPETITION 20" WHEELS UPGRADE WITH MICHELIN PILOT 4S - ELECTRIC GLASS SUNROOF - BMW LED HEADLIGHTS - PARK ASSISTANCE FULL AUTOMATED - INFORMATION HEADS UP DISPLAY - DIGITAL VIRTUAL COCKPIT - WIRELESS PHONE CHARGING - 10 SPEAKER PREMIUM STEREO - ACTIVE CORNERING HEADLIGHTS - DAB TUNER - HEATED STEERING WHEEL - KEYLESS ENTRY WITH PUSH TO START - PARKING SENSORS - REVERSE CAMERA WITH 360 DEGREE

$64,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
11/05/2022

2019 BMW 3 Series G20 330i Steptronic Luxury Line Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 37000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Please only enquire if you have genuine purchase interest in the vehicle as we are charged per enquiry. The car is available for sale if online. Available for viewing by appointment at our undercover Brisbane QLD 4074, showroom, Monday – Saturday, 14 kms from the CBD. We offer HAGGLE FREE FIXED PRICING on our vehicles. The advertised price is our best price. For sale is our 2019 BMW 330i Luxury Line! This car is in great condition inside and out. Finished in blue metallic paint over be

$65,995
Sumner, QLD

Dealer used
19 hours ago

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

  • 221858 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

**CHECK OUT THIS WEAPON**ONE OWNER**PRESENTS AS NEW** Loaded with tons of extras including **BMW DRIVE RECORDER**COMFORT PACK inc heated steering wheel and heated front/rear seats**HARMON/KARDON 16 SPEAKER SOUND SYSTEM**FRONT SEAT LUMBAR SUPPORT**PANORAMA GLASS ROOF**VISIBILITY PACKAGE**AMBIENT LIGHTING**BMW LASER LIGHT HEADLIGHTS**FINE WOOD TRIM**BMW INDIVIDUAL TRIM FINISHERS**BMW INDIVIDUAL METALLIC OXIDE GREY PAINT**SHADOW LINE PACKAGE** ***** All CARS SOLD OUT OF MIDLAND CITY TO WA CUSTO

$79,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
18/05/2022

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
18/05/2022

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

  • 168599 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2007 BMW 320I M SPORT....SUNROOF, LEATHER, NAV, REAR SENSOR, 18 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. Elderslie NSW Y

$9,999
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
17/05/2022

2015 BMW 328i F30 MY15 Upgrade Sport Line Silver 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 32081 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

All vehicles are sold with minimum 3 months registration. This silver BMW 3 28I SPORT LINE is in excellent condition. This is a 5 seat, 4 door vehicle with automatic transmission. It has travelled 32081 km during its lifetime. It has a petrol fuel system with consumption of 6.3 L/100 km. It comes with the following installed features: Adaptive Headlights; Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft; CD with 6 CD Stacker; Park Assist; Power Sunroof. Vehicle service history: - Previous service on 29/08/201

$39,990
Alexandria, NSW

Dealer used
16/05/2022

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

  • 23353 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

WITH A GREAT MIX OF POWER AND LUXURY, THIS BMW 320d IS PACKED WITH THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! - M2 COMPETITION 20" WHEELS UPGRADE WITH MICHELIN PILOT 4S - ELECTRIC GLASS SUNROOF - BMW LED HEADLIGHTS - PARK ASSISTANCE FULL AUTOMATED - INFORMATION HEADS UP DISPLAY - DIGITAL VIRTUAL COCKPIT - WIRELESS PHONE CHARGING - 10 SPEAKER PREMIUM STEREO - ACTIVE CORNERING HEADLIGHTS - DAB TUNER - HEATED STEERING WHEEL - KEYLESS ENTRY WITH PUSH TO START - PARKING SENSORS - REVERSE CAMERA WITH 360 DEGREE

$64,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
11/05/2022

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.