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BMW 3 Series Summary

Chicago's own Museum of Science and Industry is arguably one of the best science museums in the U.S., if not the world. The best way to make your appearance there? In a luxury sedan that represents some of BMW's best engineering and technology.

You'll enjoy the drive along the way too. This timeless sedan has charmed discerning drivers with its turbocharged performance, agile driving, and sporty design across seven generations and models since 1975:
  • BMW 3 Series M340i and BMW M340i xDrive
  • BMW 3 Series 330e and BMW 330e xDrive
  • BMW 3 Series 330i and BMW 330i xDrive
  • BMW 3 Series 320i
  • BMW 3 Series 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid

While the coupe and convertible body styles were moved to its own 4 Series line in 2013, you will find the 3 series is still offered as the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback. Whichever 3 Series body style you find, keep an eye out for BMW feature favorites:
  • Base rear-wheel drive (RWD) drivetrain, or intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with xDrive models
  • Added option suites like the Convenience Package and Premium Package
  • Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system with navigation system and Bluetooth®* interface
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® connectivity
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio
  • Comfort Access keyless entry
  • Power moonroof
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot monitoring
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather seats and steering wheel
  • Alloy wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers

Several different powertrain options have powered the 3 Series over the years, but to give you an idea of what to expect, take a look at that of the most recent 2021 BMW 3 Series base 330i base model:
  • 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Launch Control
  • 255 horsepower
  • 294 lb.-ft. torque
  • 30 combined mpg**
  • 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.6 seconds

BMW 3 Series FAQ

Is the BMW 3 Series a reliable car?

Throw together reviews by current and former owners of 3 Series cars as surveyed by Edmunds as well as our mandatory 125-point safety check for all pre-owned vehicles including lease returns, and you have yourselves the makings of an enduring automotive companion.

How much does a BMW 3 Series cost?

You have to budget anywhere between $10,000 to upwards of $50,000 to purchase a pre-owned 3 Series.

What should I look for when buying a pre-owned BMW 3 Series?

Once you've narrowed down your choices according to pricing, there are a few factors to look at when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle, including but not limited to age, mileage, and general condition. For example, a car may be from an older model year but have lower mileage and a robust maintenance record. Or a newer model may come with an accident in his history or several different prior owners. It's up to you to determine what your priorities are, but whatever those may be, always, always thoroughly inspect a car's VIN-based Carfax vehicle history report.

Is the pre-owned BMW 3 Series a good car?

Age has been kind to the BMW 3 Series, which in 2021 was ranked No. 8 among luxury small cars by U.S. News & World Report. Don't miss out on the dynamic and spirited driving experience a pre-owned 3 Series has to offer!

Where can I buy a pre-owned BMW 3 Series?

Always test drive any vehicle before purchasing it, is what we tell drivers of drivers of Chicago, Hinsdale, and Downers Grove here at Laurel BMW of Westmont. You'll love browsing our Certified Pre-Owned, pre-owned, and of course new cars at our dealership and learn what the legacy of BMW is all about.

Our services go beyond just sales. Lean on our Finance Department for details about leasing or financing and warranty coverage. And never hesitate to call our Service and Parts Department when you have minor repairs or just need to perform some maintenance to extend your vehicle's lifespan.

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**Displayed MPG is based on applicable EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.