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BMW 3 Series

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2019
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2019 BMW 3 Series Ratings & Reliability
The redesigned 3 Series sedan brings new infotainment tech, standard advanced safety features, improved handling, and better fuel economy. The 330i is fitted with a punchy 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine paired with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. Handling is nimble, but the ride is firm. Seat comfort and fit and finish are first rate. The latest iDrive infotainment system is logical to use once mastered. Forward collision warning and city-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection are standard. All-speed AEB, blind spot warming, and lane departure warning are optional. The M340i with a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder and the 330e plug-in hybrid arrive in 2020.
2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
BMW 3 Series 2018
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. For 2017, BMW introduced new four-cylinder engines, changing the 328i to the 330i, and cars with navigation get the latest (and somewhat simplified) version of the iDrive infotainment system.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $24,900 - $37,100 $22,100 - $33,600
2017 $20,675 - $31,275 $18,100 - $28,100
2016 $18,200 - $26,650 $14,850 - $23,650
2015 $14,725 - $21,175 $11,400 - $18,400
2014 $12,625 - $18,350 $9,390 - $14,990
2013 $10,500 - $18,600 $7,370 - $15,470
2012 $9,350 - $16,550 $6,270 - $12,820
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 $7,275 - $13,850 $4,325 - $10,325
2010 $6,325 - $10,000 $3,440 - $6,790
2009 $5,825 - $8,850 $2,985 - $5,735
2008 $5,425 - $7,825 $2,605 - $4,780
2007 $5,025 - $6,900 $2,250 - $3,950
2006 $4,625 - $6,200 $1,910 - $3,285
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 $4,125 - $5,450 $1,530 - $2,605
2004 $3,825 - $5,000 $1,275 - $2,200
2003 $3,375 - $4,625 $1,120 - $1,895
2002 $3,175 - $4,375 $960 - $1,685
2001 $3,075 - $4,225 $880 - $1,580
2000 $3,025 - $3,550 $830 - $1,130