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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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Top2004 BMW 320i E46 Silver 5 Speed Automatic Steptronic Sedan

  • 166896 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.2L

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
13/05/2022

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
19/05/2022

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
21 hours ago

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
19/05/2022

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

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
21 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

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
19/05/2022

2005 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
19/05/2022

2004 BMW 320i E46 Silver 5 Speed Automatic Steptronic Sedan

  • 166896 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.2L

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
13/05/2022

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.