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BMW 3 Series
2017
BMW 3 Series 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 330i sedan AWD Automatic
The 3 Series has been freshened for 2017, receiving some suspension tweaks, updated interior touches, and a bit more horsepower for the turbo four-cylinder, which is now called the 330i. We got a frugal 26 mpg overall in the all-wheel-drive version we tested. Handling has been sharpened, giving back some of the agility the 3 Series had lost. The firm ride is absorbent but can get choppy. The seats are supercomfortable, and the cabin is impeccably furnished. Despite some diesel clatter, the 328d gets a standout 35 mpg overall, and its 49 mpg on the highway gives it an impressive range. You can also opt for a wagon or a less powerful, but more affordable, 320i. The M3 can give ultra-high-performance cars a run for their money. The plug-in hybrid version can cover 14 miles on electric power.
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2012-2016
2012 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 328d Sedan
The 2012 redesign is a bit larger, softer and a little less fun than previous versions. BMW even offers hybrid and diesel versions for those who want frugality with their fun. Within this generation, we think the best bet is a 328i with the Premium package. We'd also get the backup camera, which is included in the Driver Assistance package. If it snows where you live, you'll want xDrive all-wheel drive and the Cold Weather package. Dyed in the wool driving enthusiasts might prefer to keep things simple, going with a 320i with the manual transmission and the Sports package. This adds sports suspension and seats, along with the choice of summer or all-season performance tires. Throw in heated seats and the folding rear seat, skip leather and a moonroof.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $28,350 - $45,675 $25,485 - $42,235
2015 $21,650 - $36,600 $18,940 - $33,455
2014 $18,875 - $32,225 $16,240 - $29,205
2013 $17,025 - $29,175 $14,325 - $26,125
2012 $16,500 - $25,275 $13,710 - $22,210
2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2011 Trim Shown: 2011 Wagon
The 3 Series is almost universally considered the benchmark sports sedan. Offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, the model delivers pinpoint handling and a snug, but impeccably finished interior. Over the years it has been offered with a wide variety of four-, six-, and even V8 engines, as well as in sedan, convertible, and wagon formats. Regardless of the version you choose, the compliant ride, punchy engine and fun-to-drive formula remain. While this version of the 3 Series BMW offers more interior room than the previous version, responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. Track-monster M3 versions tilt the needle all the way toward sportiness.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $11,725 - $19,975 $9,095 - $16,945
2010 $10,450 - $16,450 $7,810 - $13,460
2009 $9,350 - $14,025 $6,720 - $11,120
2008 $8,225 - $12,150 $5,615 - $9,315
2007 $7,200 - $10,625 $4,615 - $7,815
2006 $6,150 - $7,800 $3,620 - $5,170
1999-2005
BMW 3 Series 2005 Trim Shown: 2005 Convertible
The 3 Series is the car that defines a sports sedan, with rear- or all-wheel drive. The model delivers pinpoint handling and a snug, but impeccably finished interior. Over the years it has been offered with a wide variety of four-, six-, and even V8 engines, as well as in sedan, convertible, and wagon formats. Regardless of the version you choose, the compliant ride, punchy engine and fun-to-drive formula remain. While this version of the 3 Series BMW offers more interior room than the previous version, responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. Track-monster M3 versions tilt the needle all the way toward sportiness.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $5,300 - $7,150 $2,805 - $4,555
2004 $4,750 - $6,475 $2,305 - $3,930
2003 $4,450 - $5,925 $2,050 - $3,400
2002 $4,150 - $5,500 $1,795 - $3,010
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A