Used BMW 3 Series Cars for Sale

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Representative example (PCP)

Borrowing £9,000 with a £1,000 deposit at a representative APR of 8.9%.


Fixed rate of interest
4.33%

36 monthly payments
£178.68

Total amount payable
£11,782.13

Cost of credit
£1,782.13

Optional final payment
£4,349.65

Annual mileage limit
10,000 miles

Excess mileage charge
6p/mile
  1. Representative example (PCP)

    Borrowing £9,000 with a £1,000 deposit at a representative APR of 8.9%.


    Fixed rate of interest
    4.33%

    36 monthly payments
    £178.68

    Total amount payable
    £11,782.13

    Cost of credit
    £1,782.13

    Optional final payment
    £4,349.65

    Annual mileage limit
    10,000 miles

    Excess mileage charge
    6p/mile

Used BMW 3 Series car buying guide

Fun to drive, practical to live with and supremely stylish, the 3 Series remains one of the best cars in the compact executive class. It rides comfortably but handles sharply, while inside there’s lots of kit and plenty of space. There’s an engine to suit every need, from high-mileage diesels to supercar-rivalling turbocharged petrols.

The style of the car

The 3 Series is BMW’s best-selling model. It’s a compact family and/or executive car that’s available as either a saloon or an estate (known as Touring), which makes the 3 Series a good choice for both business people and families.

How it drives

The BMW 3 Series is an excellent and comfortable car to drive, engineered to high standards. With rear-wheel drive, it handles like a sports car and has precise steering, great body control and plenty of grip. Most of its engines are fast and offer strong performance combined with superb economy. Excellent suspension and supportive seats leave the driver refreshed even after a long journey.

The interior

The 3 Series has a big boot and the estate (Touring) provides even more space than the saloon. The saloon will comfortably fit two large suitcases and both its, and the estate’s boots, are almost the same size as the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. All versions of the 3 Series have five seats and four doors. The model range includes everything from a frugal entry-level diesel to a high-performance sports car.

Running costs and reliability

With plenty of great deals around, buying a used 3 Series doesn’t have to be expensive. Most 3 Series models offer a good compromise between performance and fuel economy, so impressive mpg figures will mean lower fuel bills. They will be affordable to insure and tax, unless you opt for a sporty version. BMWs are more expensive than mainstream cars to service and maintain but these costs are comparable with rivals from Audi and Mercedes. According to a JD Power survey, the 3 Series scores an average rating for reliability and owner satisfaction.

How it compares with similar cars

The BMW 3 Series is smaller and costs less than the BMW 5 Series. As a premium car, it's more luxurious than cars from mainstream manufacturers, such as the Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia. Its main rivals are the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class and they all compete on luxury, comfort and space. However, the 3 Series is better to drive than both of those rivals.

BMW 3 Series common questions

The 3 Series offers an enjoyable ride that combines practicality and luxury. It’s big enough for a family and comfortable enough for a business person who drives a lot of miles.

According to the JD Power survey, the 3 Series has an average score for reliability and driver satisfaction.

The vast majority of BMW 3 Series cars will deliver very good fuel economy. Servicing, tax and insurance costs will be on a par with rivals such as the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.

The 3 Series is available as a saloon or estate (Touring) car. The saloon delivers enough space for a family but the versatile estate benefits from a much larger boot. The BMW’s comfortable driving position offers great visibility of the road while the rear seats are easy to access.

The BMW 3 Series is a very popular car and buyers are drawn to its comfortable ride, sporty handling and dynamic styling. These are areas where it beats its rivals, the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4.