Used BMW 3-Series Saloon (2005 - 2011) Buying & Selling

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 16 Feb 2011
The fifth-generation BMW 3 Series combines a high-quality cabin and decent equipment levels with the best drive among 'executive' saloon alternatives. Its rivals, including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4, have struggled to match the BMW’s driving dynamics.
3.5 out of 5

Buying used

There are plenty of good used 3 Series around, although the introduction of Efficient Dynamics in September 2007 means that cars without the fuel saving program won't be worth as much as those with it. Don't be afraid of cars with higher mileages, especially diesels, although a BMW dealer service history will be important.

See 311 used BMW 3-Series Saloons for sale, starting at £213

4.5 out of 5


Any BMW 3 Series in good condition will sell but you'll get a better price for a diesel model compared to a similar powered petrol. Cars with Efficient Dynamics will command a premium as not only are they more efficient but are also more powerful too. The diesel models are particularly sought after as are SE cars.