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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The 3 Series Coupe handles superbly and has some fantastic engines

Against It just doesn't look special enough, especially for a coupe. Very expensive to buy used

Verdict It's refined, solid, rewarding to drive and very desirable. Holds its value really well, too

Go for… 325Ci SE

Avoid… Pre-facelift cars

BMW 3 Series Coupe
  • 1. Inside and out, the styling isn't as special as you'd expect of a coupe
  • 2. Tracking can go awry, which ruins the handling and causes premature and uneven tyre wear
  • 3. The suspension is the most likely area to cause problems, so insist on a good test drive
  • 4. If the engine cooling fan has been replaced, inspect the cylinder head gasket closely for damage
  • 5. Space in the front seats is terrific, and everything is very comfortable
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