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Used BMW 3 Series cars for sale

raccars.co.uk currently have 6,135 used BMW 3 Series for sale

BMW 3 Series

318d SE 5dr

£14,495
2014(63)
 
 
  • 31,154
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

325d Sport Plus 2dr Step Auto

£13,480
2012(12)
 
 
  • 85,000
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 3L
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BMW 3 Series

320d M Sport 4dr Step Auto

£19,999
2016(16)
 
 
  • 13,773
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

320d EfficientDynamics Business 4dr Step Auto

£14,488
2014(14)
 
 
  • 48,834
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

318d Sport 4 door

£14,994
2014(14)
 
 
  • 24,879
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

ED PLUS TOURING Leather + SAT NAV Auto 5-Door

£18,000
2015(65)
 
 
  • 13,000
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300378965View vehicle

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BMW 3 Series

XDRIVE M SPORT Auto 4-Door

£16,995
2012(62)
 
 
  • 38,700
  • Semi Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

318d SE 4dr Step Auto

£14,298
2014(14)
 
 
  • 30,661
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

320d EfficientDynamics Sport 4dr Step Auto

£20,999
2016(66)
 
 
  • 8,541
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

320d xDrive M Sport 4dr Step Auto

£19,600
2015(65)
 
 
  • 29,313
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

320d EfficientDynamics Business 4dr Step Auto

£16,526
2014(64)
 
 
  • 14,088
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300295724View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

320d M Sport 2-Door

£16,475
2013(13)
 
 
  • 37,932
  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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BMW 3 Series

325i SE 2-Door

£8,000
2007(07)
 
 
  • 77,200
  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 3L
Call the dealer:03300298390View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

320d M Sport 4dr Step Auto

Low mileage
 
£19,299
2015(65)
 
 
  • 7,443
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
Call the dealer:03300290056View vehicle

BMW 3 Series

320d M Sport 4dr Step Auto

£21,599
2016(66)
 
 
  • 8,733
  • Semi Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 2L
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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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