Likes

  • Engaging (and expected) BMW driving experience.
  • Offers great value for money on the used market.
  • LCI updated models feature near current levels of tech and equipment.
  • Still offers everything a 3 Series should.

Dislikes

  • Pre-LCI updated cars offer a vast range of mechanical and reliability concerns.
  • Post-LCI updated cars also are far from perfect when it comes to reliability.
  • Expensive parts, repair and maintenance costs.
  • Depreciation can and often does hit hard.

Stuff you should know

The 2012 to 2019 BMW 3 Series across three body types, the F30 sedan, F31 wagon (or touring as BMW calls it), and controversial F34 Gran Turismo 5-door lift back

This was also the first generation that saw the Coupe and Convertible body styles separate from the 3 Series moniker to become the 4 Series. Much of what we’ll be covering in this cheat sheet will also relate to the 4 Series.

In terms of engines and models for the Aussie variants, all the engines are turbocharged and all are rear-wheel drive however, depending on body style and model year, you will be presented with a have a choice of two different 4-cylinder diesel engines in three states of tune, a 3-cylinder petrol, four different 4-cylinder petrol engines in five different states of tune, two inline sixers with their own outputs, 4 and 6 cylinder hybrids and a partridge in a pear tree.

These are then available, (again depending on the body style and model year) with 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission although the majority on the used market will be automatics.

Then there is something of a model year debacle because what features and equipment a 3 Series features will vary thanks to updates in 2013, 2014 and most substantially, the mid-cycle or LCI update in 2016.

This LCI update was a substantial with a host of mechanical changes, equipment updates along with the expected subtle facelift.

You’ll also have a choice of Line Packages or trim specs such as Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line, High Line, M Sport, Touring Individual, which all feature different features and accessories.

Then you have optional extras which we elaborate on within the tech specs below.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

Some owners have complained that the paint chips and marks far too easily and a quality respray is very expensive.

Certain alloy wheels can suffer from excess corrosion in more humid climates.

Some tail lights have been known to come loose due to a broken plastic clip or bracket, you can either have a go at fixing this yourself, as apparently it’s not too hard, or replace the whole light fixture although BMW parts can be expensive.

There is a seal in the boot that can be damaged easily, allowing water to leak inside.

The Air Conditioning Condenser is easily susceptible to damage and if it’s damaged, the air conditioning can and most likely will stop working. Also it’s a BMW so again, genuine parts won’t be cheap.

Hybrid models have a common problem with the charging control unit or the KLE unit.

The bonnet release cable has been known to fail, which makes opening the bonnet very difficult and the horn on some cars can fail completely.

Interior:

There are reports that the instrument display can show random error messages such as “Service Engine Soon” or even reports of the engine going into a limp home mode when “Drivetrain Malfunction” message appears on the instrument cluster, however, when the car is inspected, there seems to be nothing wrong.

Some owners have complained that mainly between 60 and 80km/h, the steering can vibrate or knock, this might just be a wheel balance issue but some owners have stated it’s a steering system fault.

The Infotainment Systems can show black screens or they can freeze and Parking Assistant System failures are a known issue. In some cases this can be fixed with a software update however in more serious instances the entire system may need replacing.

Also, if the Parking Assistant Cameras show a black or blank screen, this can be down to a faulty wiring harness or the connectors on the harness being exposed to water.

Also in regards to the infotainment systems, some owners have complained that the Bluetooth Connectivity can fail to connect or drop out.

The front door seals are sometimes not fitted correctly and this results in excessive wind noise at freeway speeds around the A pillar.

On some early examples, the seat frames are known to corrode and then squeak, plus on all models, owners have reported false readings from the passenger seat sensor, showing the seatbelt reminder when there is nobody sitting in the seat.

Mechanically:

To keep production costs down, many manufacturers, in this case BMW and all F30 3 Series engines are now made to be modular. Meaning many components, like pistons, rods and timing chains and so much more are

Exterior:

Some owners have complained that the paint chips and marks far too easily and a quality respray is very expensive.

Certain alloy wheels can suffer from excess corrosion in more humid climates.

Some tail lights have been known to come loose due to a broken plastic clip or bracket, you can either have a go at fixing this yourself, as apparently it’s not too hard, or replace the whole light fixture although BMW parts can be expensive.

There is a seal in the boot that can be damaged easily, allowing water to leak inside.

The Air Conditioning Condenser is easily susceptible to damage and if it’s damaged, the air conditioning can and most likely will stop working. Also it’s a BMW so again, genuine parts won’t be cheap.

Hybrid models have a common problem with the charging control unit or the KLE unit.

The bonnet release cable has been known to fail, which makes opening the bonnet very difficult and the horn on some cars can fail completely.

Interior:

There are reports that the instrument display can show random error messages such as “Service Engine Soon” or even reports of the engine going into a limp home mode when “Drivetrain Malfunction” message appears on the instrument cluster, however, when the car is inspected, there seems to be nothing wrong.

Some owners have complained that mainly between 60 and 80km/h, the steering can vibrate or knock, this might just be a wheel balance issue but some owners have stated it’s a steering system fault.

The Infotainment Systems can show black screens or they can freeze and Parking Assistant System failures are a known issue. In some cases this can be fixed with a software update however in more serious instances the entire system may need replacing.

Also, if the Parking Assistant Cameras show a black or blank screen, this can be down to a faulty wiring harness or the connectors on the harness being exposed to water.

Also in regards to the infotainment systems, some owners have complained that the Bluetooth Connectivity can fail to connect or drop out.

The front door seals are sometimes not fitted correctly and this results in excessive wind noise at freeway speeds around the A pillar.

On some early examples, the seat frames are known to corrode and then squeak, plus on all models, owners have reported false readings from the passenger seat sensor, showing the seatbelt reminder when there is nobody sitting in the seat.

Mechanically:

To keep production costs down, many manufacturers, in this case BMW and all F30 3 Series engines are now made to be modular. Meaning many components, like pistons, rods and timing chains and so much more are all shared by multiple engines across entire model ranges.

This is great for production costs but it also means they share their common problems too.

One of the most common and serious issues for the petrol powered engines in the F30 3 Series is of timing chains. It is a well known issue in the earlier pre-LCI updated examples however, later versions are beginning to see issues and it should be noted, in these post-LCI updated 3 Series engine, the timing chain is located at the back of the engine so it’s a much larger and more expensive repair.

Valve cover and oil filter housing oil leaks are common for both pre and post LCI engines and typical for BMW, they have complicated cooling systems (all made of plastic) and generally that’s a weak point too.

The turbos on post LCI updated 3 Series are somewhat less problematic than previous pre-LCI models although much of the inlet system is plastic so it will likely cause issues as it ages.

In terms of the diesel engines, surprise surprise, they also have timing chain issues plus harmonic balancer failures are common in the earlier models.

The diesel engines also have oil leak issues and as they age, the same cooling system complications as their petrol counterparts.

However, in addition to similar issues as the petrol engines, the dials are known to have injector seal issues, DPF and EGR complications however, this has become very common in many of modern day diesel engines and is far from exclusive for BMW.

With so many different engine variants and all of them having some known issues, in all honesty we can’t really recommend any single engine across the range as ‘the one to get’.

They’re not all bad, they just all have known issues, and as we always strongly recommend, change the oil and service it regularly in all BMWs!!

The BMW recommended extended service intervals are a huge contributor to the premature failure and overall lack of reliability with these engines. Change the oil at least every 10,000km (or 6000 miles if you swing that way) otherwise it could be argued that extended service intervals and long-life oils can kill engines and make perfectly good cars worthless.

Recalls:

  • 29 January 2021 – BMW’s 3, 5, 7 SERIES, X5, and MINI COUNTRYMAN models, consisting of 62 units, were affected by potential malfunctions in fully charged high-voltage batteries due to the entry of foreign bodies or particles into the battery cells.
  • 24 October 2013 – 3,155 units of 2012 – 2013 BMW 1,3,5 Series, X1,3, and Z4 models were affected by a defect where the vacuum pump could fail due to lack of lubrication, leading to reduced effectiveness of the brake assistance function.

Exterior:

Some owners have complained that the paint chips and marks far too easily and a quality respray is very expensive.

Certain alloy wheels can suffer from excess corrosion in more humid climates.

Some tail lights have been known to come loose due to a broken plastic clip or bracket, you can either have a go at fixing this yourself, as apparently it’s not too hard, or replace the whole light fixture although BMW parts can be expensive.

There is a seal in the boot that can be damaged easily, allowing water to leak inside.

The Air Conditioning Condenser is easily susceptible to damage and if it’s damaged, the air conditioning can and most likely will stop working. Also it’s a BMW so again, genuine parts won’t be cheap.

Hybrid models have a common problem with the charging control unit or the KLE unit.

The bonnet release cable has been known to fail, which makes opening the bonnet very difficult and the horn on some cars can fail completely.

Interior:

There are reports that the instrument display can show random error messages such as “Service Engine Soon” or even reports of the engine going into a limp home mode when “Drivetrain Malfunction” message appears on the instrument cluster, however, when the car is inspected, there seems to be nothing wrong.

Some owners have complained that mainly between 60 and 80km/h, the steering can vibrate or knock, this might just be a wheel balance issue but some owners have stated it’s a steering system fault.

The Infotainment Systems can show black screens or they can freeze and Parking Assistant System failures are a known issue. In some cases this can be fixed with a software update however in more serious instances the entire system may need replacing.

Also, if the Parking Assistant Cameras show a black or blank screen, this can be down to a faulty wiring harness or the connectors on the harness being exposed to water.

Also in regards to the infotainment systems, some owners have complained that the Bluetooth Connectivity can fail to connect or drop out.

The front door seals are sometimes not fitted correctly and this results in excessive wind noise at freeway speeds around the A pillar.

On some early examples, the seat frames are known to corrode and then squeak, plus on all models, owners have reported false readings from the passenger seat sensor, showing the seatbelt reminder when there is nobody sitting in the seat.

Mechanically:

To keep production costs down, many manufacturers, in this case BMW and all F30 3 Series engines are now made to be modular. Meaning many components, like pistons, rods and timing chains and so much more are all shared by multiple engines across entire model ranges.

This is great for production costs but it also means they share their common problems too.

One of the most common and serious issues for the petrol powered engines in the F30 3 Series is of timing chains. It is a well known issue in the earlier pre-LCI updated examples however, later versions are beginning to see issues and it should be noted, in these post-LCI updated 3 Series engine, the timing chain is located at the back of the engine so it’s a much larger and more expensive repair.

Valve cover and oil filter housing oil leaks are common for both pre and post LCI engines and typical for BMW, they have complicated cooling systems (all made of plastic) and generally that’s a weak point too.

The turbos on post LCI updated 3 Series are somewhat less problematic than previous pre-LCI models although much of the inlet system is plastic so it will likely cause issues as it ages.

In terms of the diesel engines, surprise surprise, they also have timing chain issues plus harmonic balancer failures are common in the earlier models.

The diesel engines also have oil leak issues and as they age, the same cooling system complications as their petrol counterparts.

However, in addition to similar issues as the petrol engines, the dials are known to have injector seal issues, DPF and EGR complications however, this has become very common in many of modern day diesel engines and is far from exclusive for BMW.

With so many different engine variants and all of them having some known issues, in all honesty we can’t really recommend any single engine across the range as ‘the one to get’.

They’re not all bad, they just all have known issues, and as we always strongly recommend, change the oil and service it regularly in all BMWs!!

The BMW recommended extended service intervals are a huge contributor to the premature failure and overall lack of reliability with these engines. Change the oil at least every 10,000km (or 6000 miles if you swing that way) otherwise it could be argued that extended service intervals and long-life oils can kill engines and make perfectly good cars worthless.

Recalls:

  • 29 January 2021 – BMW’s 3, 5, 7 SERIES, X5, and MINI COUNTRYMAN models, consisting of 62 units, were affected by potential malfunctions in fully charged high-voltage batteries due to the entry of foreign bodies or particles into the battery cells.
  • 24 October 2013 – 3,155 units of 2012 – 2013 BMW 1,3,5 Series, X1,3, and Z4 models were affected by a defect where the vacuum pump could fail due to lack of lubrication, leading to reduced effectiveness of the brake assistance function.

Should you buy it?

Buying an F30 3 Series depends on which specific one, and you.

If you’re savvy with a spanner, adore BMWs even when they’re rubbish and have more spare time and money than you know what to do with, sure buy an F30 3 Series, and any of them because no matter how big a pain in the bum it may be, you’ll still sing its praises for the rest of time.

If this is the case, congratulations, you’re a true BMW fan, but for normal humans, it’s a little more complex.

We’d be avoiding any pre LCI updated cars and especially the diesels. Yes there are owners out there that have never had an issue with a pre LCI F30 3 Series, and there are unicorn examples that will be fault free with the right maintenance but the chance of buying a lemon and the potential associated costs are, for us, just too risky so no, do not buy a pre LCI 3 Series.

However, post LCI update 3 Series, and specifically in 330i or 340i form, it’s a cautious yes from us.

Sure it might not have the same bulletproof reliability and impeccable build quality of say a Lexus IS, and it’s still too early to predict mechanical longevity, but on a daily basis, it is simply more enjoyable than much of the competition and there is just something unique about driving a BMW.

Buying an F30 3 Series depends on which specific one, and you.

If you’re savvy with a spanner, adore BMWs even when they’re rubbish and have more spare time and money than you know what to do with, sure buy an F30 3 Series, and any of them because no matter how big a pain in the bum it may be, you’ll still sing its praises for the rest of time.

If this is the case, congratulations, you’re a true BMW fan, but for normal humans, it’s a little more complex.

We’d be avoiding any pre LCI updated cars and especially the diesels. Yes there are owners out there that have never had an issue with a pre LCI F30 3 Series, and there are unicorn examples that will be fault free with the right maintenance but the chance of buying a lemon and the potential associated costs are, for us, just too risky so no, do not buy a pre LCI 3 Series.

However, post LCI update 3 Series, and specifically in 330i or 340i form, it’s a cautious yes from us.

Sure it might not have the same bulletproof reliability and impeccable build quality of say a Lexus IS, and it’s still too early to predict mechanical longevity, but on a daily basis, it is simply more enjoyable than much of the competition and there is just something unique about driving a BMW.

Should you buy it?

Buying an F30 3 Series depends on which specific one, and you.

If you’re savvy with a spanner, adore BMWs even when they’re rubbish and have more spare time and money than you know what to do with, sure buy an F30 3 Series, and any of them because no matter how big a pain in the bum it may be, you’ll still sing its praises for the rest of time.

If this is the case, congratulations, you’re a true BMW fan, but for normal humans, it’s a little more complex.

We’d be avoiding any pre LCI updated cars and especially the diesels. Yes there are owners out there that have never had an issue with a pre LCI F30 3 Series, and there are unicorn examples that will be fault free with the right maintenance but the chance of buying a lemon and the potential associated costs are, for us, just too risky so no, do not buy a pre LCI 3 Series.

However, post LCI update 3 Series, and specifically in 330i or 340i form, it’s a cautious yes from us.

Sure it might not have the same bulletproof reliability and impeccable build quality of say a Lexus IS, and it’s still too early to predict mechanical longevity, but on a daily basis, it is simply more enjoyable than much of the competition and there is just something unique about driving a BMW.

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Models, pricing & features

BMW 330i M Sport-28

316i (2013-2015)

Price when new: $50,900 - $59,338

Price used: $10,000 - $23,050

Introduced in 2013 as the base spec of the range, the 316i was fitted with a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine available with a 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual (no-cost option).

An August 2013 update added launch control (auto models) and satellite navigation; and a 2015 update added active safety features like AEB, lane departure warning, pedestrian warning, BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps, front parking sensors and reversing camera.

The LCI update in 2015 phased out this model in favour of the 318i.

Standard features:

16-inch alloy wheels
Run flat tyres
Multi-link rear suspension
Brake regeneration
Drive mode settings
5-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2012)
BMW Active Protection System crash anticipation – retracting front seatbelts, closing windows
Driver and front passenger airbags
Front side airbags
Full-length curtain airbags
3-point (lap sash) seatbelt for all occupants
Seat pretensioners and load limiters for for driver and front passenger
ISOFIX points for rear outboard seats
Child seat anchor points
Seatbelt reminder for all seats
Headrests for all occupants
Manually adjustable headrests
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Brake assist
Electronic differential lock (EDL)
Concerning brake control (CBC)
Electronic stability program (ESP)
Traction control
Speed limiter
Rear parking sensors
Cruise control
Electrochromatic rear vision mirror
Halogen headlights
Rear LED taillights
Front fog lights
Automatic headlights
Rain sensing (auto) wipers
Remote central locking
Push button start
Stop/start system
Tachometer
Fuel gauge
Trip computer
Steering wheel – tilt (up/down) and telescopic (reach) adjust
Power steering
Electric sterring system
Multi-functional leather sterring wheel
Electric side mirrors
Electric windows – front and rear with auto up/down function for all windows
Dual-zone climate control
Rear air vents
Pollen filter
Satin matt silver interior trim
Leather upholstery
Manually adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat (6-way)
6-speaker sound system
AM/FM radio
CD player
MP3 compatibility
iDrive infotainment system
Rotary dial controller
6.5-inch infotainment screen
Bluetooth connectivity – phone and audio streaming
USB connectivity
AUX (3.5mm) input
2x 12V power sockets
Front cup holders – 2x
Front bottle holders – 2x
Front door pockets
Rear door pockets
Centre console storage
Glovebox
Storage net in boot
Floor mats – velour
40:20:40 rear folding seats with through loading system
Warning triangle
First aid kit
Vanity mirror for driver and front passenger

August 2013 update:

Launch control (automatic models only)
Satellite navigation

2015 update:

Approach control warning with autonomous emergency braking
Lane departure warning
Pedestrian warning with light braking function
Lane departure warning
BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps
Front parking sensors
Rear view camera

High-line models:

Combines optional package (Sport, Luxury or Modern line) with Innovations Package – see optional packages for more information

318d (2012-2015)

Price when new: $56,400 - $68,054

Price used: $9,900 - $26,600

The 318d was similarly equipped to the 316i, having added the diesel particulate filter.

This model was also phased out in favour of the 318i and 320d models.

“n addition to 316i:

Diesel particulate filter

August 2013 update:

Launch control (automatic models only)
Satellite navigation

2015 update:

Approach control warning with autonomous emergency braking
Lane departure warning
Pedestrian warning with light braking function
Lane departure warning
BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps
Front parking sensors
Rear view camera
Electric seat adjustment

High-line models:

Combines optional package (Sport, Luxury or Modern line) with Innovations Package – see optional packages for more information

318i (2015-2019)

Price when new: $54,900 - $62,377

Price used: $15,600 - $33,000

The LCI update in 2015 added the 318i model to the range sporting a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine.

Along with the new model, the LCI update brought new front apron, LED headlights, satellite navigation with live traffic updates, but remove electric seat adjustment from the 318d it inherited its place from.

In addition to 318i:

New front apron
LED headlights
Chrome highlights on air vents and central control panel
Satellite navigation with live traffic updates
Electric seat adjustment – removed

High-line models:

Combines optional package (Sport, Luxury or Modern line) with Innovations Package – see optional packages for more information

320i

Price when new: $57,600 - $73,846

Price used: $9,900 - $41,100

The mid-spec 320i model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting package (inside and out), electrically adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat and driver’s seat memory function.

Satellite navigation and launch control was added in 2013, as well as active safety features across the 3-series range from 2015. The LCI update in 2015 added M adaptive suspension, new front apron, LED headlights and DAB+ digital radio.

In addition to 318i:

17-inch alloy wheels
Front and rear parking sensors
LED front reading lights
LED rear interior lights
LED rear reading lights
LED vanity mirror lighting for driver and front passenger
Ambient lighting
LED luggage compartment light
Multi-functional steering wheel
Electrically adjustable driver’s seat
Electrically adjustable passenger’s seat
Driver’s seat memory function

August 2013 update:

Launch control (automatic models only)
Satellite navigation

2015 update:
Approach control warning with autonomous emergency braking
Lane departure warning
Pedestrian warning with light braking function
Lane departure warning
BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps

July 2015 “LCI” update:

M adaptive suspension
New front apron
LED headlights
Chrome highlights on air vents and central control panel
DAB+ digital radio

High-line models:

Combines optional package (Sport, Luxury or Modern line) with Innovations Package – see optional packages for more information

320d

Price when new: $60,900 - $76,313

Price used: $10,000 - $46,650

The 320d is similarly equipped to the 320d, except sporting a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a diesel particulate filter.

In addition to 320i:

Diesel particulate filter

August 2013 update:

Launch control (automatic models only)
Satellite navigation

2015 update:

Approach control warning with autonomous emergency braking
Lane departure warning
Pedestrian warning with light braking function
Lane departure warning
BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps

High-line models:

Combines optional package (Sport, Luxury or Modern line) with Innovations Package – see optional packages for more information

328i (2012 - 2015)

Price when new: $64,600 - $81,000

Price used: $10,500 - $33,200

The sportier 328i adds more power as well as dual exhaust tailpipes, Dakota lather, 9-speaker sound system and satellite navigation with a 2013 update further adding launch control, internet functionality, Navigation Business Professional, larger infotainment screen, 20GB hard drive and DVD drive from the 335i.

The 328i was replaced by the 330i in July 2015 when the LCI update was released.

In addition to 320i:

Dual-exhaust tailpipes
Electrochromatic (anti-dazzle) side exterior mirrors
Fine-wood Burled Walnut interior trim
Dakota leather upholstery
Electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
9-speaker sound system with 205W amplifier
Satellite navigation

August 2013 update:

Launch control (automatic models only)
Internet functionality through iDrive
Navigation Business Professional (iDrive)
8.8-inch infotainment screen
20GB hard drive storage
DVD drive

2015 update:

Approach control warning with autonomous emergency braking
Lane departure warning
Pedestrian warning with light braking function
Lane departure warning
BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps

High-line models:

Combines optional package (Sport, Luxury or Modern line) with Innovations Package – see optional packages for more information

330i (2015 - 2019)

Price when new: $69,900 - $82,100

Price used: $19,950 - $50,700

The 330i replaces the 328i from July 2015 as part of the LCI update.

Additions to the 328i model include: luxury line styling elements and BMW Comfort Access – keyless entry.

In addition to 320i:

“Luxury Line” styling elements
BMW Comfort Access – keyless entry
Dakota leather upholstery
Internet functionality through iDrive
Navigation Business Professional (iDrive)
8.8-inch infotainment screen
20GB hard drive storage
DVD drive

330e (2015-2019)

Price when new: $70,900 - $75,900

Price used: $23,350 - $40,600

The 330e replaces the ActiveHybrid3 as the petrol-hybrid option for the BMW 3-series ranges, however, the 330e is similarly equipped to the 330i vs the 335i, which the ActiveHybrid3 was equipped closest to.

In addition to 335i:

Petrol and 65kW electric motor

335i (2012 - 2015)

Price when new: $91,045 - $98,430

Price used: $14,600 - $36,400

The 335i was the top-of-the-range model in the 3-series range sporting a 3.0 litre turbocharged 6-cylinder petrol engine.

In addition to the 328i, the 335i adds 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, a high-resolution driver’s display, voice control, Harman/Kardon surround sound system with 16-speakers, Navigation Business Professional (iDrive) with an 8.8-inch infotainment system.

August 2013 saw a rear window and windscreen sun blinds fitted as standard.

The 335i was replaced by the 340i in July 2015 as part of the LCI update.

In addition to 328i:

18-inch alloy wheels
Bi-xenon headlights
High-resolution driver’s display
Voice control
harman/kardon surround sound system
16-speaker sound system with 600W digitial amplifier
Internet functionality through iDrive
Navigation Business Professional (iDrive)
8.8-inch infotainment screen
20GB hard drive storage
DVD drive

2015 update:

Launch control (automatic models only)
Approach control warning with autonomous emergency braking
Lane departure warning
Pedestrian warning with light braking function
Lane departure warning
BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps
Roller sunblinds for rear windscreen and rear windows

High-line models:

Combines optional package (Sport, Luxury or Modern line) with Innovations Package – see optional packages for more information

340i (2015-2019)

Price when new: $89,855 - $91,200

Price used: $28,250 - $52,200

The 340i replaced the 335i as the top-of-the-range model and adds “M” sport package, variable sport steering, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, park assist, heated front seats and electrically adjustable lumbar support.

In addition to 335i:

“M” Sport Package
Variable sport steering
Adaptive cruise control
Park assist (BMW Parking Assistant)
Electrically adjustable lumbar support for front seats
Adaptive LED headlights
Heated front seats
Roller sunblinds for rear windscreen and rear windows

ActiveHybrid3 (2012-2015)

Price when new: $97,700 - $105,200

Price used: $17,100 - $36,350

The ActiveHybrid3 was similarly equipped to the 335i and adds the petrol and synchronous electric motor.

In addition to 335i:

Petrol and synchronous electric motor
ActiveHybrid badging

2015 update:

Launch control (automatic models only)
Approach control warning with autonomous emergency braking
Lane departure warning
Pedestrian warning with light braking function
Lane departure warning
BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps
Roller sunblinds for rear windscreen and rear windows

High-line models:

Combines optional package (Sport, Luxury or Modern line) with Innovations Package – see optional packages for more information

Optional Packages:

Price when new:

Price used:

The BMW 3-Series was available with various optional packages that could be fitted to any 3-series model.

Below are the packages, and it is important to ask the dealer or seller as to whether any of these packages have been fitted to the vehicle.

Sport Line Package:

17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch on 328i, 335i, ActiveHybrid 3)
Door finishers with “BMW Sport” designation
Black trim on: kidney grille, rear bumper finisher, B-pillar
Tailpipe finisher in black chrome
Black high-gloss interior trim
Red detailing on car key
Ambient lighting
“Sport” designation on left/right front side panel (not available on ActiveHybrid 3)
Sport+ driving mode
Sports multi-functional steering wheel with red contrast stitching
Sports seats for driver and front passenger
Black Dakota leather upholstery with contrast highlight stitching (red or grey)

Modern Line Package:

17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch on 328i, 335i, ActiveHybrid 3)
B pillar in high-gloss black
Decorative mouldings, side frame and window recess in aluminium
Chrome pearl grey surrounds on air conditioning and radio controls
Door finishers with “BMW Modern” designation
Exclusive matt chrome trims on kidney grille and rear
Exhaust tailpipe in matt aluminium
Pearl and pearl gloss chrome interior trim
Oyster detailing on car key
“Modern” designation on left/right front side panel (not available on ActiveHybrid 3)
Ambient lighting
Sports multi-functional steering wheel in black or oyster
Black Dakota leather upholstery with oyster highlight

Luxury Line Package:

17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch on 328i, 335i, ActiveHybrid 3)
B pillar in high-gloss black
Window recess finishers in chrome
Chrome pearl grey surrounds on air conditioning and radio controls
Door finishers with “”BMW Luxury”” designation
Exclusive chrome trims on kidney grille and rear
Chrome detailing on car key
Fine-wood and Fineline anthracite with pearl dark gloss interior trim
“Luxury” designation on left/right front side panel (not available on ActiveHybrid 3)
Ambient lighting
Dakota leather upholstery with exclusive stitching either with Saddle brown, Veneto Beige or Black stitching

M Sport Package:

19-inch alloy wheels
M Aerodynamics package
M sports suspension (not available on ActiveHybrid 3)
M multi-functional sports steering wheel
BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line
BMW Individual roofliner Anthracite
Blue detailing on the car key
Tailpipes in high-gloss chrome
Interior trim in aluminium hexagon with Estoril Blue matt highlights
Gloss-black kidney grille
Door finishers with “M” designation (not available in ActiveHybrid 3)
Ambient lighting
Sports seats
Dakota leather upholstery in black, Veneto Beige or Coral Red with Black Highlight

Innovations Package (From 2013):

Head-up display
Surround view camera system
BMW Parking Assistant
BMW Driving Assistant
Lane departure warning system
Collision warning system
BMW Comfort Access System: keyless entry, vicinity lighting for door handles
Exterior side mirrors with anti-dazzle function
Extended instrument cluster
Front parking sensors (for 316i and 318d)
Bi-xenon headlights (328i only)

Tech specs

ANCAP rating:

5 stars – Tested 2021 (320d)

Body Style:

4-door sedan
5-door wagon (estate) – 318i, 320i, 328i, 330i
5-door liftback (Gran Turismo) – 320d, 320i, 328i, 330i

Engines:

1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d, 320d)
2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i, 328i, 330i)
3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (335i, 340i)
2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol with electric motor (330e) – From 2015
3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with synchronous electric motor (ActiveHybrid 3)

Power:

100kW – 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
100kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
105kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d)
135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (320d)
135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i)
180kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (328i)
185kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (330i)
225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (335i)
240kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (340i)
188kW – 2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol with electric motor (330e) – From 2015
250kW (Combined) – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with synchronous electric motor (ActiveHybrid 3)

Torque:

220Nm – 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
220Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
320Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d)

ANCAP rating:

5 stars – Tested 2021 (320d)

Body Style:

4-door sedan
5-door wagon (estate) – 318i, 320i, 328i, 330i
5-door liftback (Gran Turismo) – 320d, 320i, 328i, 330i

Engines:

1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d, 320d)
2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i, 328i, 330i)
3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (335i, 340i)
2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol with electric motor (330e) – From 2015
3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with synchronous electric motor (ActiveHybrid 3)

Power:

100kW – 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
100kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
105kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d)
135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (320d)
135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i)
180kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (328i)
185kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (330i)
225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (335i)
240kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (340i)
188kW – 2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol with electric motor (330e) – From 2015
250kW (Combined) – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with synchronous electric motor (ActiveHybrid 3)

Torque:

220Nm – 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
220Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
320Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d)
380Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (320d) – Until 2015
400Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (320d) – From 2015
270Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i) – Automatic
290Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i) – Manual
350Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (328i)
350Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (330i)
400Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (335i)
450Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (340i)
420Nm – 2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol with electric motor (330e) – From 2015
210Nm (engine) – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with synchronous electric motor (ActiveHybrid 3)

Transmission & drivetrains:

6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive (RWD) – No cost option – not available on ActiveHybrid 3 or 330e
8-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive (RWD)

Fuel Consumption:

4.4-7.2L/100km

Length:

4624mm (sedan & wagon)
4824mm (Gran Turismo)

Width:

1811mm (sedan & wagon)
1828mm (Gran Turismo)

Height:

1429mm (sedan & wagon)
1508mm (Gran Turismo)

Kerb Weight:

1485 – 1595kg

ANCAP rating:

5 stars – Tested 2021 (320d)

Body Style:

4-door sedan
5-door wagon (estate) – 318i, 320i, 328i, 330i
5-door liftback (Gran Turismo) – 320d, 320i, 328i, 330i

Engines:

1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d, 320d)
2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i, 328i, 330i)
3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (335i, 340i)
2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol with electric motor (330e) – From 2015
3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with synchronous electric motor (ActiveHybrid 3)

Power:

100kW – 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
100kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
105kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d)
135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (320d)
135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i)
180kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (328i)
185kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (330i)
225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (335i)
240kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (340i)
188kW – 2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol with electric motor (330e) – From 2015
250kW (Combined) – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with synchronous electric motor (ActiveHybrid 3)

Torque:

220Nm – 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol (318i) – From 2015
220Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (316i) – From 2013
320Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (318d)
380Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (320d) – Until 2015
400Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (320d) – From 2015
270Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i) – Automatic
290Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (320i) – Manual
350Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (328i)
350Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (330i)
400Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (335i)
450Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol (340i)
420Nm – 2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol with electric motor (330e) – From 2015
210Nm (engine) – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with synchronous electric motor (ActiveHybrid 3)

Transmission & drivetrains:

6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive (RWD) – No cost option – not available on ActiveHybrid 3 or 330e
8-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive (RWD)

Fuel Consumption:

4.4-7.2L/100km

Length:

4624mm (sedan & wagon)
4824mm (Gran Turismo)

Width:

1811mm (sedan & wagon)
1828mm (Gran Turismo)

Height:

1429mm (sedan & wagon)
1508mm (Gran Turismo)

Kerb Weight:

1485 – 1595kg

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

3 years/unlimited kms

Servicing:

12 months/10,000kms

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