Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW 3 Series saloon?
You'd expect the BMW 3 Series to prove a tough, well built saloon and that's very much the case. Although there have been a few recalls over the years, relating to (among other things) the side airbags, brakes, wheels and suspension, the 3 Series is a very sound piece of engineering.
Figures from Warranty Direct show it to have better-than-average reliability, with the cars requiring little time off the road when problems do occur.