Used BMW 3 Series 2005 - 2012 review

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(2005 - 2012)
BMW 3 Series (05 - 12)
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Which used BMW 3 Series saloon should I buy?

The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics, which had the best blend of economy, emissions and useable performance, is the pick of the range. But choose any 320d and you’ll be getting a fast and frugal car.

SE models often had lighter, brighter interiors with beige leather and wood, while the more popular M Sport versions had darker, more overtly sporty looking materials (and a firmer ride due to their stiffer suspension).

The basic 316d and 318d diesels are also worth a look, because they’re usually a little more affordable than 320ds, but they’re also often less well equipped and earlier versions have quite disappointing CO2 emissions figures.

Petrol 320i models are suitable for those who don’t drive long-haul on a regular basis, while the six-cylinder 330d diesel and twin-turbo 335i petrol models should sate any high-performance craving you might have.

The 3 Series was a very big seller all through its life, so you should be very choosy and take your time tracking down exactly the specification, colour and engine you desire.

Our favourite used BMW 3 Series: 320d EfficientDynamics


BMW 3 Series (05 - 12)
BMW 3 Series (05 - 12)
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