Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW 3 Series estate?
Most examples of this generation 3 Series will still be found within the BMW franchised dealer network, so they’ll most likely still look like new. Do all the usual checks, though, such as looking for kerb damage on alloy wheels, scratches to the paintwork, damage to the bumpers (particularly the rear bumper, which may have been damaged by items being loaded and unloaded from the boot), and any stains in the carpet and or seat upholstery.
All the electronics should still work, but they’ll still be covered under warranty if anything isn’t operating as it should.
Is a used BMW 3 Series estate reliable?
The current BMW 3 Series did better in to the latest What Car? Reliability survey than its Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class rivals. It scored 94.4% and finished 11th in the executive class. BMW as a brand also did better on average than Mercedes and Audi, finishing in 9th place overall out of 31 car manufacturers in the same survey.