Used BMW 3 Series Coupe 1999 - 2006 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Advice for buyers

BMW 3 Series Coupe (98 - 07)
  • BMW 3 Series Coupe (98 - 07)
  • BMW 3 Series Coupe (98 - 07)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used BMW 3 Series coupe?

If a potential buy doesn't have a complete service history, walk away. A fully-stamped service book not only reduces the risk of buying a dud, it also increases its desirability (and therefore price) when you sell it on later.

The suspension is the most likely area to cause concern, so listen out for any tell-tale clonks on a test drive. But also check the tracking, which can also go awry. Sub-standard handling and premature or uneven tyre wear are sure signs of possible trouble.