Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW 3 Series hatchback?
The diamond cut alloy wheels on M Sport cars can corrode. This usually comes from from kerb damage that allows road salt to react with the exposed metal surface. If this is left, it could allow the damage to spread, and since repairs to this type of alloy wheel are slightly more complex than normal alloy wheels, it can be quite expensive to fix. Make sure you’re not the one footing the bill.
What are the most common problems with a used BMW 3 Series hatchback?
There has been a recall regarding the fuel pump, which may fail due to components in the pump that haven’t been nickel-plated correctly. The excessive friction that may result could cause the pump to fail, which either means the car won’t start or that the engine stalls due to a lack of fuel. Affected vehicles built between 02/09/2014 and 01/04/2015 will have had their fuel pumps replaced. Check with your BMW dealer if you have any questions.
Is a used BMW 3 Series hatchback reliable?
The 3 GT returned a slightly disappointing result, finishing in 18th place out of 24 other cars included in the survey. That position is seven places lower than the shared saloon/touring version of the normal 3 Series – a car upon which the 3 GT is based.
BMW as a brand didn’t do particularly well, finishing mid-table in 17th place out of 32 car brands.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for executive cars, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.