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BMW 3 Series

2019
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BMW 3 Series 2019 sedan
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The all-new 2019 BMW 3 Series sedan brings powertrain upgrades, infotainment advancements, and new safety features that promise to add appeal to a car that has long been a standout. The 330i is fitted with a 255-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the M340i gets a 382-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Each is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. Slightly larger than before, the new 3 promises increased interior and trunk space. Larger head-up display, Siri-like digital assistant, gesture control, and other features bring a significant tech upgrade. Forward-collision warning and city-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection are standard. All-speed AEB, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert are optional. The 330e plug-in hybrid joins the ranks in 2020. BMW has dropped the diesel. The hatchback and wagon versions remain on the outgoing platform.
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2018
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The 3 Series is among our most highly rated luxury compact sports sedans. We got a frugal 26 mpg overall from the 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine in the all-wheel-drive 330i that we tested. The engine and eight-speed automatic combine to make a slick powertrain. Handling is sharp, and the 3 Series is engaging to drive. The firm ride can get choppy on rough surfaces, but it effectively absorbs most impacts. The seats are supportive, and the cabin is impeccably furnished. The 328d diesel gets a standout 35 mpg overall, and its 49 mpg on the highway gives it an impressive range, but there is some engine noise 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
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 $27,800 - $31,000 $24,410 - $27,410
2016 $19,225 - $32,550 $16,160 - $28,910
2015 $16,650 - $25,950 $13,300 - $22,550
2014 $13,900 - $21,950 $10,680 - $18,680
2013 $11,700 - $20,225 $8,555 - $16,905
2012 $10,000 - $18,100 $6,925 - $14,325
2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2011
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 $8,500 - $15,325 $5,530 - $11,730
2010 $7,425 - $11,000 $4,485 - $7,735
2009 $6,650 - $10,000 $3,750 - $6,800
2008 $5,925 - $8,800 $3,095 - $5,695
2007 $5,450 - $8,025 $2,640 - $4,990
2006 $5,100 - $6,175 $2,310 - $3,260
1999-2005
BMW 3 Series 2005
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 $4,225 - $5,400 $1,605 - $2,555
2004 $3,850 - $5,000 $1,300 - $2,200
2003 $4,075 - $5,075 $1,460 - $2,260
2002 $3,925 - $4,875 $1,570 - $2,355
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A
2019
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2019 BMW 3 Series Ratings & Reliability
The all-new 2019 BMW 3 Series sedan brings powertrain upgrades, infotainment advancements, and new safety features that promise to add appeal to a car that has long been a standout. The 330i is fitted with a 255-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the M340i gets a 382-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Each is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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2018
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2018 BMW 3 Series Ratings & Reliability
The 3 Series is among our most highly rated luxury compact sports sedans. We got a frugal 26 mpg overall from the 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine in the all-wheel-drive 330i that we tested. The engine and eight-speed automatic combine to make a slick powertrain. Handling is sharp, and the 3 Series is engaging to drive.

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2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2017
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.

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Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $27,800 - $31,000 $24,410 - $27,410
2016 $19,225 - $32,550 $16,160 - $28,910
2015 $16,650 - $25,950 $13,300 - $22,550
2014 $13,900 - $21,950 $10,680 - $18,680
2013 $11,700 - $20,225 $8,555 - $16,905
2012 $10,000 - $18,100 $6,925 - $14,325
2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2011
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.

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Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $8,500 - $15,325 $5,530 - $11,730
2010 $7,425 - $11,000 $4,485 - $7,735
2009 $6,650 - $10,000 $3,750 - $6,800
2008 $5,925 - $8,800 $3,095 - $5,695
2007 $5,450 - $8,025 $2,640 - $4,990
2006 $5,100 - $6,175 $2,310 - $3,260
1999-2005
BMW 3 Series 2005
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.

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Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $4,225 - $5,400 $1,605 - $2,555
2004 $3,850 - $5,000 $1,300 - $2,200
2003 $4,075 - $5,075 $1,460 - $2,260
2002 $3,925 - $4,875 $1,570 - $2,355
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A