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Used BMW 3 Series cars for sale

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BMW 3 Series

318D M SPORT 4-Door

£13,500
2013(63)
 
 
  • 44,274
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

318d SE Sport Alloys 4dr Step Auto *MASSIVE SPEC*

£12,995
2014(14)
 
 
  • 65,000
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300290926View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

328 SE 2-Door

Low mileage
 
£2,700
2000(X)
 
 
  • 130,000
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 2.5L
Call the dealer:03300299246View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

3.0TD 335d 4X4 xDrive M Sport (S/S) Touring Auto 5-Door

£35,888
2017(17)
 
 
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 3L
Call the dealer:03300290419View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

2.0 320d EfficientDynamics 4dr (start/stop)

£12,270
2014(63)
 
 
  • 40,990
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

2.0TD (163bhp) 320d ED Sport Auto 5-Door

£21,450
2017(66)
 
 
  • 5,094
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300379858View vehicle

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BMW 3 Series

3.0 330CI SPORT 2d AUTO 228 BHP 2-Door

£4,495
2005(05)
 
 
  • 130,000
  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 3L
Call the dealer:03300374479View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

320d xDrive M Sport 4dr [Business Media]

£17,432
2015(15)
 
 
  • 28,182
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300293295View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

320d M Sport 2dr Step Auto

£12,866
2012(12)
 
 
  • 47,302
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300292301View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

320d M Sport 4dr Step Auto

£29,000
2017(17)
 
 
  • 5,055
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:01708 914792View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

320d xDrive M Sport 4dr Step Auto Saloon

£26,790
2016(66)
 
 
  • 25
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300377804View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

330d xDrive M Sport 5dr Step Auto

£23,105
2014(14)
 
 
  • 37,614
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 3L
Call the dealer:03300298799View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

3.0 330d M Sport 2dr Auto

£8,450
2009(09)
 
 
  • 116,000
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 3L
Call the dealer:03300371155View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

320d SE 4dr

£3,995
2006(06)
 
 
  • 105,000
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300371387View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

2.0TD 320d Luxury (190bhp) Auto 4-Door

£24,980
2017(66)
 
 
  • 6,403
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:0843 783 7922View vehicle

Used Bmw 3 Series

A history lesson…

The no-brainer; the ultimate BMW; the daddy; the 3-Series is just the absolute dog’s danglies. It deserves every bit of the praise it receives because it has become the ultimate saloon. Since its conception in the 1980’s, the 3-Series has gone from strength-to-strength, and the newest model is proof BMW know how to build a car.

From the basic 3-Series to the M3, every car is built to last, built to evoke emotion and built to impress. It’s a car that somehow sells more than the Mondeo – despite costing thousands more – and it’s a car that, if you park it on your drive, will annoy the neighbours.

Bang for your buck

There’s been so many variants, so many engines and so many models of the 3-Series it’s hard to choose one. On many levels, it makes more sense to buy a slightly older M3, because they aren’t only extremely brilliant in every single way, but relatively affordable. But if you can’t afford to run a top-end 3-Series, buying a diesel makes a hell of a lot of sense, too.

The modern BMW diesels are nothing short of remarkable. If you go for one of the twin-turbo diesels, you’ll have a saloon that is not only sleek, respectable and good on diesel, but also unbelievably quick. The 330d variants are rapid, and you will embarrass most hot-hatchbacks.

There are so many smaller-engined petrol and diesel units to choose from, so whatever you want, there is a 3-Series for you.

What you’ll pay

Thanks to the 3-Series being a German BMW, they do hold their residuals quite well. Depending upon what age or engine you opt for, you can grab yourself a bargain quite easily. Old 1990 M3s go for stupidly low prices, and while you’ll pay through the nose for a new V8 M3, it is one of the most exciting cars on the road today.

Expect to pay around £15/16k for a 2007/08 320i, which may be a lot, but you end up with a lot of car and some of the best engineering in the world of cars. Plus, you get a BMW badge, which comes as standard with “take that, neighbours” snobbery.

Diesels typically hold their value better, and you will pay a premium for the more popular diesel engines.

What to check

If you’re buying a 2007+ 3-Series, there really isn’t too much to worry about. Warranties should sort you out for most of any troubles, but if you’re buying a pre-2007 3-Series, you need to make sure the car you’re buying has been looked after. 

If you’re unsure, an RAC check will ensure that the car you’re buying is safe and road-worthy.

Parts

Parts are expensive for the 3-Series, as it is an executive saloon. Clutch assemblies are around £150 and front brake pads are about £60. While starter motors are £170 and full exhausts a very hefty £500. 

How it drives

‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’ is the slogan, but with the 3-Series, they’re not too far off that being the truth. You’ll struggle to find a better handling saloon for this money; even Audi can’t match BMW’s engineering with the 3-Series. It’s just a dream to drive on a daily basis. It can do motorways and long-runs, and then, at the flick of your big toe, entertain you on twisty B-roads.

The M3 is obviously the most exciting variant in the range, but any 3-Series has the chassis to keep a big smile on your face. It may not be the cheapest car on the road, but for what you get, it is easily the best junior executive saloon on the market.

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