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Used BMW 3 Series Convertible (98 - 07) review

(1998 - 2007)
BMW 3 Series Convertible (98 - 07)
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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?

It'll cost a fair whack more to buy and run than a 3 Series saloon, but it makes a lot more sense when you compare it to other posh-brand drop tops.

Prices are high and demand higher, so act quickly once you've found what you want – and don't think that you'll score a bargain by buying in the depths of winter, because prices dip little with the seasons. Its popularity, though, means that you'll see a good price come resale time.

Main dealer servicing is expensive, although prices drop for cars past their fourth birthday, and insurance is costly, too. The M3 will be the most expensive in this regard, while the 318 is cheapest.

The 320 diesel promises up to 45mpg and the 318i 36mpg, but the others will rarely touch 30mpg, while the M3 dips below 15mpg in town.