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BMW 3-Series

The BMW 3 Series is a compact premium car that was originally introduced as the as a replacement to the BMW 2002 in 1977. Since that time, 3 Series has gone on to be enormously successful in the United States. In the ensuing decades, BMW has also introduced six generations of the premium compact luxury car. While the 3 Series is still regarded as a compact sports sedan, over the years it has grown steadily in size. Though no heavier than the previous generation, it is larger. Currently, the 3 Series is on its sixth generation and is codenamed F30.

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About the BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is the top-selling BMW model in the United States and for good reason. Reliable and stylish, the 3 Series makes an excellent vehicle for daily driving as it allows drivers to get through their day-to-day commute without sacrificing comfort and drivability. The 3 Series has a long lasting reputation for being well built and providing a respectable engine power for what is ostensibly a small luxury car with a flair for the sporty side.

BMW 3 Series Features

Not only is the sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series larger than previous generations, it's also faster. The 2012 model is also lighter than the models preceding it, with more optional features, too, including a hybrid variant and cameras at all corners for parking assistance.

The 2012 BMW 3 Series is approximately 3.7 inches longer than the model it replaced. It also rides on a wheelbase that is two inches longer and has wider front and rear tracks. The expanded wheelbase allows for added backseat space with more legroom. Yet, in spite of the car's increase in size, the 2012 3 Series somehow manages to weigh 88 pounds less than the previous generation, which was known internally as the E90.

Stylistically, the F30 is very similar to the E90 with only slight modifications. The car's front end is pulled back a little tighter and the headlights are stretched toward the distinct kidney-shaped grilles. Optional xenon headlamps are available, and models that are equipped with them also feature LED "eyebrows" that fit over the headlights.

Mechanically, the car also has some new features and options. The new 3 Series is available with two different turbocharged engines, depending on the model. The 328i model features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo engine, while the 335i features a turbocharged six-cylinder. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's used in the 328i is the same one that powers the BMW Z4 sDrive28i. It's capable of generating 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It can also make it from 0-60 in an impressive 5.7 seconds. The turbo six in the 335i, on the other hand, produces 300 hp, 300 pound-feet of torque, and can hit 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Both engines come with a standard six-speed manual transmission and have an optional eight-speed automatic available. First-run editions of the car will be equipped with rear wheel drive; while there are plans to introduce all-wheel drive versions in mid-2012.

While trim levels are not something BMW is known for offering, the sixth generation 3 Series will be available in three different lines beyond the base model: Sport, Luxury, and Modern. Sport line models feature glossy black exterior trim, black chrome exhaust tips, and black and red interior accents. The speed limiter on the Sport model has been raised to 155 mph.

The Luxury model feature chrome exterior trim, glossy wood and inlays in the interior and finely stitched leather seats. The Modern edition features satin aluminum rim, a lighter dash, and leather seats that come in black as well as white.

BMW 3 Series Evolution

Third generation versions of the 3 Series date from the years 1992 through 1996. These were considered among the best cars from that era that combined luxury with performance. Body styles available in the third generation included sedans, hatchbacks, coupes, and convertibles. Engine options included a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, a mid-range 170-horsepower inline-6, and a six-cylinder that could generate 190 horsepower.

The fourth generation of the 3 Series, also known as the E46, was highly regarded and available in body styles that included coupe, convertible, and wagon models. Like the third generation, cars belonging to the E46 generation were regarded as being top of their class. The fourth generation spanned the years from 1998 through 2005.

The fifth and most recent generation of the 3 Series, also known as E90, was available as sedans and wagons. Model designations for the fifth generation were the 325i and 330i. The 325i was powered by a 215-hp 3.0-liter inline V-6 while the 330i featured the same engine increased to 255-hp. The fifth generation was introduced in 2006, and the following year BMW made redesigned coupes and convertible versions available.

Select a BMW 3-Series Year

2013 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan


The 2013 BMW 3-Series is newly redesigned and ready to help you take on the road in style.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $20,222

MPG
16-33
Seats
4-5

2012 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 335i gets the new inline-6 equipped with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, High Precision direct fuel injection, and all-aluminum construction. Also for 2011, the 3-Series coupes will be available with BMW's advanced xDrive all-wheel drive and traction system. BMW has further developed its iDrive nav and entertainment system with new graphics and controls.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $20,506

MPG
17-34
Seats
4-5

2011 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 335i gets the new inline-6 equipped with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, High Precision direct fuel injection, and all-aluminum construction. Also for 2011, the 3-Series coupes will be available with BMW's advanced xDrive all-wheel drive and traction system. BMW has further developed its iDrive nav and entertainment system with new graphics and controls.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $16,825

MPG
17-36
Seats
4-5

2010 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,883

MPG
16-36
Seats
4-5

2009 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,974

MPG
16-36
Seats
4-5

2008 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 2008 BMW 3 Series comes with few new additions.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,761

MPG
16-28
Seats
4-5

2007 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 2007 BMW 3 Series is one of the most expensive car series in the entry-level luxury segment.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,355

MPG
17-30
Seats
4-5

2006 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 2006 BMW 3 Series has been a favorite with buyers for many years in both the U.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,741

MPG
19-30
Seats
4-5

2005 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The BMW 3-Series has enjoyed a reputation for outstanding quality, driving dynamics, and comfort since its U.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,899

MPG
19-30
Seats
4-5

2004 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The BMW 3-Series is an entry-level compact luxury car in production from 1975 to present.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,745

MPG
19-30
Seats
4-5

2003 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 2003 BMW 3-Series is the cute sibling amongst the BMW range.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,460

MPG
19-30
Seats
4-5

2002 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 2002 BMW 3 Series represents the entry-level compact executive car for BMW, and it comes in four different body styles, including a sedan, two-door coupe, five-door wagon, and two-door convertible, comprising 10 different models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,119

MPG
19-30
Seats
4-5

2001 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 2001 BMW 3 Series should not be taken lightly.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,939

MPG
19-30
Seats
4-5

2000 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon


The 2000 BMW 3-Series are rear-drive cars that are available as a two-door coupe or convertible and a four-door sedan or wagon.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,552

MPG
19-29
Seats
4-5

1999 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Hatchback, Luxury, Sedan


The 1999 BMW 3-Series are the smallest line of cars manufactured by BMW and include the coupe, hatchback, and convertible.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,577

MPG
19-32
Seats
4-5

1998 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Hatchback, Luxury, Sedan


ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,552

MPG
20-32
Seats
4-5

1997 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Hatchback, Luxury, Sedan


The 1997 BMW 3-Series has a wide variety of models with four body styles, two engine and transmission choices, and seven models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,327

MPG
20-31
Seats
5

1996 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Hatchback, Luxury, Sedan


The 1996 BMW 3-Series includes two sedans, two coupes, two convertibles, and one hatchback wagon.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,902

MPG
20-31
Seats
5

1995 BMW 3-Series

Convertible, Coupe, Hatchback, Luxury, Sedan


The 1995 BMW 3-Series is essentially BMW’s entry-level vehicle.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,686

MPG
19-32
Seats
5

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