Used BMW 3-Series Saloon (1998 - 2005) Review

Review by Parkers on
4
In the closely fought compact executive market, one model stands out from the rest: the BMW 3-Series. It has history stretching back to the 1980s and has built a solid reputation, and is the car of choice for every young middle manager.
BMW 3-Series Saloon (98-05)
Roomy, quick, pleasure to drive
Popular equals common, pricey

New price range:

£17,415 - £31,990

Used price range:

£285 - £3,142

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

In the closely fought compact executive market, one model stands out from the rest: the BMW 3-Series. It has history stretching back to the 1980s and has built a solid reputation, and is the car of choice for every young middle manager. It's not that 3-Series lacks any serious rivals: the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is as prestigious; the Lexus IS will push it on reliability, while a fully loaded Ford Mondeo is better value.

But it’s only the 3-Series, with its purposeful yet conservative styling, which has struck a chord with the British. Its popularity has not weakened residuals; even with plenty of used ones about, prices are remarkably stable.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

2.5 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

4.5 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

2 out of 5

What owners say...

 Economy, £75 of diesel gets me around 600miles, this is 51mpg all the time!  

4 out of 5

Chris Williams ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

 Its a very spacious car so I can easily sit friends and family with ease. The boot is great size for when i go away.  

4 out of 5

Harinder Singh Bubbra ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

 Tbh I find it a nice smooth to drive car thats reasonably equipped. Mines had a sport twin exhaust so it was a little bit more nippy with a nice sound even for a 1.8. heavy car yes but wasn't that bad...  

3 out of 5

Mohammed Rahman ,   05 Jun 2014    ... read more

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