Used BMW 3-Series Coupe (1999 - 2006) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
There was a time when the 3-Series Coupe was merely a two-door saloon. Then BMW realised it could charge a premium for it and it became a must-have for the up-and-coming executive.
3.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

Has a four-star Euro NCAP rating and Boasts six airbags as standard and a full compliment of electronic safety measures. Puts up a very good fight in the face of thieves who might otherwise find it a very tempting target.

4.5 out of 5


Overall, 3-Series is well built, dependable and has excellent reliability – continuing the notion of great German build-quality. Serious problems are rare and although we have heard reports of the occasional niggle, these are unlikely to be anything that won't be quickly sorted by the dealer. As ever, regular self maintenance and keeping to the service intervals will be of long-term benefit.

Car check problem points


Check for stone chips if its lived on a motorway.


No major faults, but suspension issues have been reported. Needs full BMW service history.


Scratched or kerbed alloy wheels; accident damage; wiper motor; central locking mechanism.