Used BMW 3-Series Compact (1994 - 2001) Costs

Review by Parkers on
The Compact was BMW's attempt to woo customers who wouldn't have previously been able to afford a BMW or who couldn't live without the practicality of a hatchback. The Compact met the needs of both and proved to be popular although it's rear suspension was taken from the old model so was quite a bit cruder.
3 out of 5

Running costs

Main dealer service costs are steep - on a car of this age a good independent will be much cheaper. Prices are still pretty strong but depend upon condition so it's worth keeping up that servicing. Insurance is pricey.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,266 - £1,510 *


£1,126 - £1,126 *

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

As indicated by on-board computer


Mechanical 3 years, bodywork 6 years

Road tax (12 months)

£270.00 - £270.00

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.

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