Used BMW 3-Series Saloon (1991 - 1998) Review

Review by Parkers on
4
Blueprint for the smaller executive car in the '90s, combining quality and driver appeal from the 316i right up to the exhilarating M3. Not as cheap to run as a Mondeo or Vectra - but choosing a 3-Series is more about style and status.
BMW 3-Series Saloon (91-98)
Image; smooth six cylinder engines; great to drive
Not much standard equipment; limited rear legroom; less exclusive than some rivals

New price range:

£14,295 - £27,975

Used price range:

£194 - £1,006

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Blueprint for the smaller executive car in the '90s, combining quality and driver appeal from the 316i right up to the exhilarating M3. Not as cheap to run as a Mondeo or Vectra - but choosing a 3-Series is more about style and status. It does not disappoint in any key areas, and its desirable image is holding up well despite being replaced. It's a real driving machine that's still in demand, so prices remain high for the best examples.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

1.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 Brilliant on long journeys, doing 70-80mph and 35+ mpg from its 2.0litre straight six.  

5 out of 5

Alan Hilton ,   29 Nov 2014    ... read more

 The power steering was good and the car was easy to drive  

3 out of 5

Ash Haq ,   26 May 2009    ... read more

 Just very functional and well thought out design for that era of car  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   26 Oct 2008    ... read more

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