Used BMW 3-Series Saloon (2005 - 2011) Costs

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

Running costs

BMW 3 Series running costs aren't as bad as you might expect. The purchase price of the 3 Series isn't as low as its big rival the Audi A4, but the BMW does have excellent residuals and good economy too - especially on cars with Efficient Dynamics. BMW also offers Service Inclusive which allows owners to cover servicing costs with a single one-off advance payment.

A five year/60,000 mile deal is available with prices starting at around £630.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£996 - £1,561 *


£729 - £1,180 *

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

Service as indicated by on-board computer. Fixed cost servicing packages available when purchased new.


Three years/unlimited mileage warranty, 12 years anti corrosion warranty and six years paint warranty.

Road tax (12 months)

£20.00 - £565.00

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.

Full running costs data

3 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

BMW 3 Series emissions are low thanks to a high-tech approach to the firm's engines. Thanks to the Efficient Dynamics programme, the 3 Series is one of the greenest executive saloons on the market. The average CO2 output of cars before the program was introduced to all models in 2007 was 187g/km but this dropped to 164g/km. The 320d EfficientDynamics, introduced in 2010, is the best model for the eco-conscious and those with one eye on costs - it emits just 109g/km of CO2 and will average a hugely impressive 69mpg.

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