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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 $32,900 - $37,500 $28,850 - $33,200
2016 $22,125 - $34,975 $18,590 - $30,690
2015 $18,675 - $31,900 $15,340 - $27,790
2014 $16,400 - $28,925 $13,075 - $24,875
2013 $14,200 - $24,250 $10,960 - $20,360
2012 $12,550 - $20,125 $9,345 - $16,345
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 $9,600 - $16,725 $6,575 - $13,075
2010 $8,825 - $12,900 $5,815 - $9,515
2009 $7,750 - $11,300 $4,790 - $8,040
2008 $6,900 - $9,925 $3,985 - $6,735
2007 $6,400 - $8,875 $3,520 - $5,770
2006 $5,650 - $6,675 $2,805 - $3,755
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 $5,025 - $6,100 $2,240 - $3,190
2004 $4,500 - $5,550 $1,810 - $2,710
2003 $4,075 - $5,075 $1,475 - $2,275
2002 $3,925 - $4,875 $1,570 - $2,355
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A