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Used BMW 3 Series Cars for Sale

For more than four decades, the BMW 3 Series has cornered the market in luxury saloons. Over the years, its boxy bodywork became smoother and the interior more comfortable. Today, used models offer all of that style and sophistication for a fraction of a new 3 Series’ price, while being both practical and powerful. You’re getting more than just a badge with BMW’s flagship saloon.

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£11,699

Registration Date
2015 (65)
Mileage
77,544mi.
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Sheffield
Body Style
Estate

£11,847

Registration Date
2014 (64)
Mileage
77,646mi.
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Warrington
Body Style
Estate

£12,049

Registration Date
2014 (64)
Mileage
60,532mi.
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Sheffield
Body Style
Estate

£12,085

Registration Date
2014 (63)
Mileage
60,067mi.
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Manchester
Body Style
Estate

£12,148

Registration Date
2016 (16)
Mileage
66,376mi.
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Sheffield
Body Style
Estate

£12,455

Registration Date
2013 (63)
Mileage
45,173mi.
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Wakefield
Body Style
Saloon

£13,472

Registration Date
2015 (65)
Mileage
35,049mi.
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Warrington
Body Style
Estate

£14,106

Registration Date
2013 (63)
Mileage
61,662mi.
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Wakefield
Body Style
Saloon

£14,354

Registration Date
2014 (64)
Mileage
39,100mi.
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Warrington
Body Style
Hatchback 5dr

£14,637

Registration Date
2015 (15)
Mileage
53,608mi.
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Warrington
Body Style
Estate

£14,784

Registration Date
2016 (16)
Mileage
25,521mi.
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Wakefield
Body Style
Saloon

£14,994

Registration Date
2015 (65)
Mileage
17,665mi.
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Sheffield
Body Style
Saloon

£15,350

Registration Date
2013 (63)
Mileage
27,714mi.
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Location
Manchester
Body Style
Saloon

£15,497

Registration Date
2015 (65)
Mileage
24,523mi.
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol
Location
Wakefield
Body Style
Saloon

Key Facts

Overall, the 3 Series has a reputation of being one of the best options for fuel mileage in its class, while its road holding abilities are also top notch. The models which are available include estates, coupés, convertibles, as well as four- and five-door saloons. Petrol engines are more common with coupés, and, naturally, the diesel models tend to be slightly more economical.

For the cheapest option you’re looking at a bit under £10,000 used, while one with all the bells and whistles can get up to around £24,000. However, the whole range benefits from BMW’s renowned build quality, as well as its universal good looks – so you won’t miss out by going for a cheaper option.

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Why buy a Bmw 3 Series?

If you’re looking for a market-leading saloon to show off as a company car or to have in your garage for years to come, the 3 Series ticks all the boxes. It’s surprisingly economical, great to drive on both city and country roads, while most models are pretty spacious, front and back.

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Which Bmw 3 Series is right for me?

Latest Range


For the tech fans: BMW 3 Series M Sport

For the tech fans: BMW 3 Series M Sport

Coming complete with a few more pieces of trim than the standard SE, the Sport range has: climate control, parking sensors, automatic wipers and more to keep you entertained while inside. It’ll hit 0–62 in just over 7.5 seconds too, which is far from sluggish.

As with the entire range, you can benefit from the generous amount of space both front and back, while BMW’s build quality will ensure that you can enjoy your 3 Series Sport without the worry of breaking down.

For fuel efficiency: BMW 3 Series EfficientDynamics

For fuel efficiency: BMW 3 Series EfficientDynamics

As the name suggests, this is the most eco-friendly used model on the market – and achieving close to 70mpg doesn’t come at the expense of performance, as it boasts an impressive 163bhp. Tech including climate control, a rear parking camera and rain-sensing wipers will make for an extremely comfortable journey from start to finish.

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For the performance obsessed: BMW 3 Series M Sport

For the performance obsessed: BMW 3 Series M Sport

For cruising around winding rural routes and on the motorways, few cars in the price range are quite as good for that as the M Sport. The fact it features a rather gizmo-packed dashboard and steering wheel for its age ensures that many dull bits of driving are left to the on-board electronics, leaving you to keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the ride.

A power-packed choice: BMW 3 Series Exclusive Edition

A power-packed choice: BMW 3 Series Exclusive Edition

A short-lived addition to the range, the Exclusive is one of the faster 3 Series versions on the used market today. The fastest one has a top speed of 145mph and north of 180bhp, giving you plenty of power when you’re trying to beat the morning rush hour.

What are the Alternatives?

Even more style: Lexus IS

Even more style: Lexus IS

If there’s one car in class which might just best the BMW when it comes to looks, then that car is the Lexus IS. The hybrid version is particularly cheap to run too, while the range’s great reliability is another plus point.

Aside from its good looks, it also comes with an attractive price tag – with most models being available for somewhere in between £10,000 and £20,000 on the used market. The 3 Series can stretch out to over £24,000, however.


Used Lexus IS

A more sensible saloon: Volkswagen Passat

A more sensible saloon: Volkswagen Passat

Another German saloon, this VW isn’t as luxurious as the BMW, but it is cheaper to buy. Businesses who don’t want to fork out too much on a company car will be impressed by its efficiency and surprisingly high specifications.

However, it does feel like a cheaper tribute to the 3 Series in parts and won’t draw as many admiring looks.


Used Volkswagen Passat

For more size: Ford Kuga

For more size: Ford Kuga

For around the same price as a 3 Series, you can afford an SUV such as the Ford Kuga. With 2WD versions being available for between roughly £10,000 and £15,000, you can expect to pay upwards of £15,000 for a 4WD model.

The advantages that come with owning a Kuga include the high ride height and the extra space you get inside, while they also offer a comfortable ride, too.


Used Ford Kuga

To impress: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

To impress: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

A direct rival to the 3 Series, these Mercs are surprisingly similar to BMW’s offerings. While some models have a little more technology on-board, the C-Class does lag behind its German rival in fuel economy; most models seldom reach 50mpg, whereas the greenest 3 Series can get close to 70mpg. Certain used C-Class trims can be slightly more expensive, but not by much.


Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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