Used BMW 3 Series 1998 - 2005 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Advice for buyers

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

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.