Used BMW 3 Series 1998 - 2005 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Advice for buyers

1998 - 2005 review
BMW 3 Series (98 - 07)
  • BMW 3 Series (98 - 07)
  • BMW 3 Series (98 - 07)
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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. reader reviews certainly bear this out, with few reporting problems and, in most cases, when things did go wrong, the dealers were very prompt and efficient in sorting things out.


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