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BMW 3 Series

2018
BMW 3 Series 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 330i sedan AWD Automatic
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The 3 Series has been recently freshened, 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. The 328d gets a standout 35 mpg overall, and its 49 mpg on the highway gives it an impressive range, but there is some diesel clatter to contend with. 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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2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 330e
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
2017 $40,725 - $46,000 $36,735 - $41,235
N/A
2016 $24,175 - $43,100 $20,940 - $38,690
2015 $19,975 - $35,475 $16,940 - $31,690
2014 $17,900 - $30,750 $14,825 - $27,075
2013 $15,500 - $26,275 $12,460 - $22,710
2012 $13,325 - $22,200 $10,345 - $18,695
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 $10,875 - $18,300 $8,025 - $14,925
2010 $9,450 - $13,950 $6,670 - $10,820
2009 $8,100 - $12,175 $5,420 - $9,170
2008 $7,225 - $10,775 $4,565 - $7,815
2007 $6,425 - $9,725 $3,765 - $6,815
2006 $5,450 - $7,075 $2,865 - $4,365
1999-2005
BMW 3 Series 2005 Trim Shown: 2005 Coupe
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 $4,950 - $6,250 $2,405 - $3,605
2004 $4,500 - $5,650 $2,025 - $3,050
2003 $4,175 - $5,225 $1,775 - $2,650
2002 $3,925 - $4,875 $1,570 - $2,355
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A