Used BMW 3 Series Convertible 1994 - 2000

Used BMW 3 Series Convertible 1994 - 2000 review

Ownership cost

(1994 - 2000)
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What used BMW 3 Series sports will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a BMW 3 Series sports?

Mid-1990s cars are now temptingly inexpensive, but their age and probable condition makes them risky purchases. It's best to source the newest you can afford. Do that, get a good one, and day-to-day expenses should stay sensible.

Check that the hood is rip-free. Unless damaged, the soft-top should last 10 years, but a replacement costs over £1000. Servicing is fairly priced and intervals are variable, according to how you drive. Spares are reasonable and a well-serviced car should remain reliable even at six-figure mileages.

Insurance is several groups dearer than for the equivalent saloons, but on with other soft-tops. That means the 318i is group 14, the 323i is 16 and the 328i is 17.

Fuel economy is respectable: the 318i returns up to 35mpg overall, the 323i up to 31mpg and the 328i 30mpg.