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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 320i E90 Burgundy 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 173256 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Westside Car City 403-405 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing 3030 (Mel Ref: 203 D11) Mon - Sat 9.00am - 5.30pm PH: ********8140 OR 03******1177. We sell over 100 Cars p/mth, ALL CARS are from Victoria's Major Dealerships. No Frills, Discounted by thousands, Optional - RWC - Warranty.

$7,999Drive Away^
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
22/05/2022

Top2005 BMW 3 Series E90 320i Steptronic Silver 6 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 160900 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

AR are pleased to be selling this well presented 2005 BMW 3 Series E90 320i Sedan 4dr Steptronic 6sp 2.0i [Mar] FEATURES & EXTRA'S - 4 CYL, AUTO - LEATHER TRIM - BLUETOOTH - CD PLAYER WITH AUX - ELEC STABILITY / TRACTION / CORNER BRAKING AND CRUISE CONTROL - 8 X AIR BAGS - CLIMATE CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING - MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL - HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DRIVER'S SEAT - ELEC WINDOWS - RAIN SENSOR WIPERS - ALLOY WHEELS - REMOTE CENTRAL LOCKING WITH WINDOWS UP & DOWN - AND MUCH MUCH MORE This

$10,990Drive Away^
Strathpine, QLD

Dealer used
22/05/2022

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
22 hours ago

TopBMW E90 320I

  • 207190 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Great car near perfect paint mechanical perfect new radiator and service history lots spent 6 speed auto well maintained in and out . Cold ac sun roof mags beautiful to drive . Will consider swaps for a coupe or 4x4 must be registered and auto. Will transfer 5 year warranty as well with sale . Great on fuel and fast . If add is up it’s still for sale . no scams or pay pal

$8,500Negotiable
Dunsborough, WA

3 hours ago

Top2008 BMW 3 Series 20i EXECUTIVE

  • 118297 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Bmw 320 executive with very low kilometres! Excellent condition with great service history! Comes with Black alloy wheels, Leather steering wheel, leather seats climate control trip computer and so much more call now to arrange viewing! All our cars are workshop tested with warranty options from 1-5 years covered nationwide with unlimited claims. Ask us about our tailor-made financing packages that works around our customers needs and could have you driving away with zero deposit. JPM Motors

$9,990
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
11/05/2022

Top1989 BMW 320i E30 320i Red Manual Convertible

  • 175562 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl 2.0L

We are proud to offer this magnificent WORLD CLASS BMW E30 CONVERTIBLE 1989 BMW 320i E30 5SPD MANUAL CONVERTIBLE AUSTRALIAN DELIVERED ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS COLLECTABLE- ICONIC E30 MANUAL CONVERTIBLE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING RED DUCO WITH CREAM LEATHER INTERIOR FACTORY SPORTS SEATS AND LIKE BRAND NEW VERY RARE M20 ENGINE AND FACTORY 5 SPD CONVERTIBLE INCOMPARABLE IN CONDITION-MUST SEE CLASSIC LOOKS AND DRIVES INCREDIBLE ABSOLUTE CREDIT TO ITS MOST FASTIDIOUS PREVIOUS OWNER MUST BE SEEN TO B

$39,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
22 hours ago

2005 BMW 3 Series E90 320i Executive Grey 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 195685 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Nice looking '320i' here with rare MANUAL, only 195000kms driven, 2.0Ltr motor and features such as... - Air conditioning - Leather seating - Bluetooth - Cruise control - Multiple airbag safety - WINDOW TINT already added and more. Vehicle has been workshop inspected, drives great and sure to sell fast. Finance and a range of extended warranties are available and trade-ins are welcome so BE VERY VERY QUICK FOR THIS ONE!!! TO REGISTER YOUR FINANCE ENQUIRY ON THIS VEHICLE PLE

$8,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
40 minutes ago

2002 BMW 320i 5Sp Automatic Steptronic 4d Sedan

  • 232000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.2L

Selling due to downsizing to one car between my wife and I. I've owned this car since moving to Sydney in early 2021. The features include: electric sunroof, electric mirrors, cruise control. touch screen display with satelite navigation and bluetooth, remote central locking, electric windows, steptronic transmission, front and rear fog lights, leather seats, front driver and passenger airbags, climate control, alloy wheels, functional A/C, steering wheel audio controls. It has recently

$5,500
Killara, NSW

2 hours ago

2005 BMW 3 Series 20i TOURING immaculate condition!!

  • 100400 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.2L

In immaculate condition 1 owner and only 100000km you will not find another E46 wagon in this condition

$24,999
Waitara, NSW

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2003 BMW 3 Series 20i

  • 179039 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.2L

LOOKING for an affordable luxury vehicle ? this may be the one good ks for year model great service history full leather interior and all the bells and whistles one would expect ,good rego and the tyres are in great condition . first to see will buy this is a very nice ride . Comes with 12 months limited Warranty current Safety check and certificate ,Clear PPSR check NEED FINANCE ? talk to our broker (Pensioners Welcome ) We are located 4.5 hours north of Sydney on the Mid No

$6,990
Kempsey, NSW

Dealer used
3 hours ago

Bmw 318i e46 2003

  • 227527 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

I am as I no longer need it I put a new radiator I it 3 mouths ago & a new battery near new tyres ergo till 14th of July 2022 drivers side has damage from previous owner & it has 227527km on it & dirves & runs well& it comes with the log books & 2 set of key's. ono

$5,000
Horsley, NSW

3 hours ago

BMW E90 320I

  • 207190 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Great car near perfect paint mechanical perfect new radiator and service history lots spent 6 speed auto well maintained in and out . Cold ac sun roof mags beautiful to drive . Will consider swaps for a coupe or 4x4 must be registered and auto. Will transfer 5 year warranty as well with sale . Great on fuel and fast . If add is up it’s still for sale . no scams or pay pal

$8,500Negotiable
Dunsborough, WA

3 hours ago

2005 BMW 3 Series 20i

  • 238731 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

BMW 320i, 10/2005. Featuring a six cylinder engine, automatic transmission, air conditioning and cruise control. This car has a leather interior, curtain airbags plus stability and traction control. This BMW is in good condition and drives well. Finance available to approved applicants. Derwent Park Cars and Commercials, 70 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park. Telephone LMCT 6039

$9,990
Derwent Park, TAS

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2004 BMW series 3 sedan

  • 194000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

BMW in vgc leather interior 2 owners new brakes oil pump radiator.

$4,000Negotiable
Secret Harbour, WA

5 hours ago

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

  • 23395 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

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

$67,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2002 BMW 320i E46 Touring Silver 5 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 255439 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.2L

****BMW 320i TOURING WAGON**** * Auto * Alloys * Black Leather * Cruise * Electrics * German Engineering!

$5,490
Bayswater North, VIC

Dealer used
7 hours ago

BMW320i E90

  • 108200 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Selling BMW 320i E90 -Mechanically very Healthy -Low kms Only 108200 kms -Interior has been steamed clean -Rego until 26 Feb 2023 - 2 keys - log books -Good tyres -Runs as new -Suspension still works perfect -Car is so Responsive -Spacious 5 seat -Never had any leakage at all -Non smoker owner -Cruise control -Sunroof works perfect -Leather and soft touch Interior -Leather seat has no rips -Original mats included -Push to start/stop Engine -Climate control -Always use 98 octane -Fuel efficienc

$8,100
Blacktown, NSW

7 hours ago

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

  • 114316 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

All our vehicles are handpicked and are backed by a 2 year Customer Care Plan up to 175,000km (on selected vehicles, conditions apply). With competitive finance deals tailored to your needs, our state of t he art Mazda dealership is located in the heart of South West Sydney, 30 minutes from the CBD and a stone throw away from the M5. You are able to leave a fully refundable holding deposit on the vehic le, subject to your viewing and test drive, providing y

$11,990
Liverpool, NSW

Dealer used
7 hours ago

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

  • 81341 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

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

$61,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
7 hours ago

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

  • 121126 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

LOCATED ON THE SUNSHINE COAST .. COMPLETE SERVICE HISTORY ,,TWO KEYS..FACTORY SUNROOF LOVELY VEHICLE THROUGHOUT. IF IT IS ADVERTISED THEN IT IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE AND READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY . CURRENT SAFETY CERTIFICATE, CLEAR TITLE , STATUTORY WARRANTY . Only one hour north of Brisbane and ten minutes south of the Sunshine Coast Airport. Henderson cars is independently owned and operated and over twenty years at the same address.The Henderson name means a great deal as do our reviews. The

$11,990
Mooloolaba, QLD

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2002 BMW 330Ci E46 Orient Blue 5 Speed Automatic Steptronic Convertible

  • 172221 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2002 BMW 330CI Cabriolet automatic,orient blue metallic with cream leather,17 inch alloys,dark blue soft top,heated front seats,electric memory front seats,rear sensors,6 stacker cd player,full service history and up to date log books.We are located 15 minutes from Sydney CDB.

$14,950
Five Dock, NSW

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2005 Bmw 6 Cyl 320i MSport 5 Sp Automatic Steptronic 4d Sedan

  • 181000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.2L

Sunroof Auto New Tyres. Car drives very well. 181,000k’s. The car presents itself extremely well. It was subject to hail damage on bonnet and roof but very sparingly, you will See for yourself when you see the car. It was decided by the insurance company to list it as a statuary write off which means you can still register it etc… it just has that listed mark against it for that effects the value of it… it’s a good car nothing hidden and never been in an accident. First to see will buy. $5k it’

$5,000
Hillside, VIC

10 hours ago

BMW 1995 318is

  • 212000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto

Absolutely immaculate little car. 2 owners both lady drivers. Always garaged. This car will not disappoint, will suit a BMW enthusiast.

$20,000
Pimpama, QLD

10 hours ago

2005 BMW 3 Series E46 MY2005 330Ci Steptronic Grey 5 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 141024 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2005 BMW 3 SERIES 330CI 3.0L 6 CYLINDER AUTOMATIC - COUPE # NEW ARRIVAL # RARE FIND IN THIS CONDITION IN A COUPE # ONLY 141000KMS # AUTOMATIC # IMMACULATE PREMIUM LEATHER # ELECTRONIC AND AUTO SEATING # ELECTRONIC SUNROOF # M SPORT ALLOY WHEELS # CLIMATE CONTROL A/C # PREMIUM AUDIO (INCLUDES TV) # SAT/NAV # LOG BOOKS AND SERVICE HISTORY # A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE - FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY! # TEST DRIVE TODAY! # WORKSHOP TESTED # FINANCE AVAILABLE T.AP Call Dave on..... Call Ryan on

$15,990
Mayfield West, NSW

Dealer used
12 hours ago

BMW 320i 2005 (no RWC)

  • 245000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Selling as is: currently on the road but selling with no RWC as it displays a few faults on startup and hasn't been checked over for RWC. Otherwise runs well. Recently replaced all tyres. DESCRIPTION: This luxurious 2005 BMW 3 Series provides the ultimate in luxury. Give your family extra protection with these features: This BMW 3 Series 2005 has side airbags, passenger airbag and driver airbag. SPECIAL FEATURES: - Colour: Arktis Metallic - Advantage package - Dark leather interior - Sports

$4,000
Mitcham, VIC

21 hours ago

2003 bmw e46 18i

  • 200000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Immaculate interior,body bit rough but not too bad,has a water pump issue I think with a problem as small as that it being a bmw it's worth more to what I'm posting it for as the wheels alone are worth quite a bit,pm me if interested Slightly negotiable on price

$3,800
Kalamunda, WA

21 hours ago

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
22 hours ago

1989 BMW 320i E30 320i Red Manual Convertible

  • 175562 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl 2.0L

We are proud to offer this magnificent WORLD CLASS BMW E30 CONVERTIBLE 1989 BMW 320i E30 5SPD MANUAL CONVERTIBLE AUSTRALIAN DELIVERED ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS COLLECTABLE- ICONIC E30 MANUAL CONVERTIBLE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING RED DUCO WITH CREAM LEATHER INTERIOR FACTORY SPORTS SEATS AND LIKE BRAND NEW VERY RARE M20 ENGINE AND FACTORY 5 SPD CONVERTIBLE INCOMPARABLE IN CONDITION-MUST SEE CLASSIC LOOKS AND DRIVES INCREDIBLE ABSOLUTE CREDIT TO ITS MOST FASTIDIOUS PREVIOUS OWNER MUST BE SEEN TO B

$39,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
22 hours ago

2001 BMW 3 Series E46 330Ci Steptronic Gold 5 Speed Sports Automatic Coupe

  • 168583 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

we are still operating as per usual with all mechanics open to prepare sold vehicle, all sold cars are transferred instantly online with no delays. We are practising a safe working environment with social distancing a requirement also disinfecting all vehicles. Thank you for your understanding. 25 MINUTES FROM CBD TOWARDS SOUTH EAST SUBURBS OF Melbourne. Undercover showroom area provided and over 150 cars to choose from. All vehicles on site come drive away which includes Roadworthy certif

$8,999Drive Away^
Mordialloc, VIC

Dealer used
24 hours ago

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

  • 41233 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

*** Out of Lockdown, Escape to Freedom Sale is on NOW. Our prices are REDUCED to help you get around and out of town!!!.... Superb looking machine in blue. Kept in exceptional condition 19 " alloy wheels. Sunroof. Push button start. Blue tooth Audio . Leather electric function seats. 2 keys. Full service history. and loads more to talk about when you book your test drive. Dealer car with warranty. Buy from the team who has a passion for cars and service for over 55 year

$65,387.99
Pearce, ACT

Dealer used
24 hours ago

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.