Used BMW 3-Series Compact (2001 - 2004) Costs

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Compact is the entry-level baby-Beemer. All the badge-kudos and fancy engineering, in a smaller and funkier package.

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

Specify a small engine or a diesel and drive carefully and you'll get plenty of MPG. Residuals are good and servicing is variable with use. Taz about in a big petrol unit and you'll guzzle juice and scoff tyres.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,171 - £1,615 *


£1,011 - £1,239 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

12,000-15,000 miles


Mechanical 3 yrs/60,000 miles; bodywork 6 yrs

Road tax (12 months)

£165.00 - £330.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

3 out of 5

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

3-Series scores quite well on the eco front. With an average of 187 g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are fairly standard for a medium-sized hatchback. The range is not particularly economical, averaging 38 mpg.

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