Used BMW 3 Series – Cincinnati, OH

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  • Overview

    A dark grey 2017 used BMW 3-Series is facing left.

    Ever wanted to own a luxury car, but can’t afford the price of a new one? More specifically, is your dream brand a BMW? If so, picking up a used BMW 3 Series is the way to go. Not only are you getting a vehicle that is considered to be the pinnacle of vehicle dynamics, but you’re also getting it for much less than what a new one would cost you. The fifth generation spans from 2006 to 2013, and was considered the best car in the entry-luxury category at the beginning of the generation.

    As the years rolled on, it got even better. So, the more you’re willing to dish out for the fifth generation, the better your BMW experience will be. Unlike other vehicles though, you don’t necessarily have to dish out more to experience the best. Since the 2006 model was considered to be the best luxury model at the time, you can get a top-notch luxury experience for cheap money.

    All around, the BMW 3 Series is considered to be a superb luxury vehicle — regardless of generation or year. In the same league as other entry-level brands like Mercedes-Benz, VW, and Audi, the company needs to make sure it is on point when it comes to the planning, design, and execution of their vehicles. If not, sales fall behind drastically. Therefore, consumers shouldn’t expect anything less than perfection from the BMW brand. With the fifth generation 3 Series, perfection is exactly what was delivered.

    Since the previous 3 Series was introduced in 1999 in a sedan design, followed by a coupe, convertible, and wagon, it saw nothing but success. For the third generation, BMW obviously wanted to piggyback on this success, and so gave the vehicle a complete redesign. More features, stronger engines, and a larger interior are some of the more notable changes for the fifth generation models. More importantly, the 3 Series is much faster and larger than before, with plenty of features and options.

    Therefore, grabbing one of these used models from the fifth generation is a great way to get that upscale, high-quality luxury car you’ve always wanted. All for an affordable price.

  • 2006-2007

    Black 2007 Used BMW 3-Series in a driveway

    Unveiling the first model year of any generation is always a lot of pressure. Each generation marks big changes and perhaps even a new look or attitude. For the BMW 3-Series, this couldn’t be any truer. However, the company really went above and beyond when it came to designing this vehicle.

    The only drawback about it (at the time) was its higher price compared to the competitors. But, because it’s now more than ten years old, affordability is no longer an issue. Interior storage space is the only downside you’ll be facing if you buy one used. Other than that, you’re getting perhaps the strongest affordable luxury vehicle found from the 2006 model year. The changes mentioned above (engine, size, etc.) have all been implemented, and it has excellent driving dynamics. The interior is full of high-quality materials, and you can pick and choose from whatever style you prefer — the sedan and wagon are even available in all-wheel drive.

    If you’re looking for the most affordable 3-Series in this generation, backed by a general agreement between car experts (like Edmunds) that it’s a 9/10 vehicle, the 2006 model is for you.

    The only downside about 2006 was the lack of a coupe, but 2007 made sure to remedy that. So, if you’re looking for one of those, you’ll have to grab a 2007 3-Series Coupe. This model has a sleek new body style compared to the previous coupe, and has a well-rounded engine. The twin turbocharged six-cylinder engine puts out a peppy 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque, and is also available on the sedan line for this year. The non-turbocharged variant is a 3.0-liter inline six, that puts out 230 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. For these models, fuel economy is way above average, and it gets up to 20 mpg city and close to 30 mpg on the highway.

    “Above average” is perhaps the best way to describe the 2007 3-Series. Thanks to that engine, it’s leagues ahead of any other model found in 2007. Best part is, the overall greatness that came with the redesign in 2006 still remains. It’s still the best vehicle in its segment for 2007, and while the coupe and turbocharging might cost a little more, it’s no longer nearly as expensive as it used to be.

    A convertible and all-wheel drive 335xi sedan were both also introduced; obviously, diversity was the name of the game for this model year.

  • 2008

    Grey 2008 Used BMW 3-Series on mountain

    Only two years after a full and successful redesign — plus the two body styles and the renewed coupe model added last year — it only makes sense that the 2008 models experienced few changes.

    BMW improved on what they could by adding a 335xi coupe, which provides all-wheel drive to the 3-series two-door model line. Which means if you’re looking for a coupe with a little bit more traction and control, you’ll have to nab one of the 335xi’s from 2008. Also, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters have been tacked onto sedans and wagons that are equipped with the Sport package and six-speed automatic transmission.

    While it would be worth buying a 2006 or 2007 model to save some money (and get the same experience), the 3-Series is now loaded with four different body styles, and plenty of optional and standard features to be had on the 2008 model. Giving the rest of the generation a strong base to build on.

  • 2009-2010

    Blue 2009 Used BMW 3-Series next to mountain lake

    There were a few more substantial upgrades made to the 2009 models. While there were some slight styling changes, the real interest lies in the updated technology. Those looking for a slightly more modern look, close to the same price as a 2006, will be interested in a 2009 3-Series.

    A new front fascia that is related to the more appealing coupe and convertible has been tacked on to the sedan and wagon, and the streamlined rear-end heralds back to the more attractive BMW a-typical L-shaped taillights. While the sedan and coupe were left alone, BMW wanted to bring the wagon and sedan up to speed with the times. Honestly, they needed it. Even though the changes were slight, they’ll make a large impact for those who are looking for a more upscale look at an affordable price.

    On the inside, the technology update is for the iDrive electronics interface. Unlike the styling changes, it’s been drastically improved. The menus are arranged in a much more logical manner, and buttons surrounding the control knob allows easier use of common functions, like telephone, radio, and navigation. For better performance, that navigation system is now a hard-drive based function. This allows for faster processing of directions, and it also has real-time traffic information now.

    For 2010 there were, again, minimal for the 2010 model. Although, it does gain HD radio across all models, which is nice. Other than that, it remains relatively the same.

    The HD radio isn’t worth the price jump alone, but a 2010 model is still a great choice if it’s the only one you can find. In 2010, the 3-Series was still the leading luxury automobile. You’d think one of the competitors would finally have figured out a way to halt BMW’s reign on the market, but apparently not.

    Even if it’s similar to the 2009 or 2008 model, still consider a 2010 version for your used luxury car purchase. Not only is it affordable at that used price, but it was still considered to be the best luxury vehicle of that year. How often does a car go unchanged for a year and still dominate the competition? Not often.

  • 2011-2013

    A red 2011 BMW 3 Series is parked next to a rock wall near Cincinnati, OH.

    Entering the 6th generation, the BMW 3 Series continued to offer drivers a phenomenal experience, whether behind the wheel or in the passenger seat. First rolling off the factory floor in 2011, the 6th Generation 2011 BMW 3 Series impressed drivers with its range of seriously potent engine builds, snappy performance, and overall plush interior. Available in either a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive drivetrain, the 2011 BMW 3 Series could either be fitted as a sleek and stylish luxury transport or a purring speedy roadster.

    The base engine of the BMW 3 Series clocked in at 230 horsepower thanks to the 3.0-liter V6 tucked beneath the chassis. Luxury was the name of the game for the 2011 BMW 3 Series, much like previous iterations, with features like leather seats, a power sunroof, and a premium Harman Kardon audio system gracing certain models of this powerful luxury sedan.

    While the 2011 BMW 3 Series was an impressive addition to the BMW family lineup at the time, it was far from the end for the long-running legend. In 2012, the 6th generation BMW 3 Series sedan received a complete facelift. While the coupe and convertible body styles remained relatively the same, the sedan added more legroom for rear passengers, which was a moderate complaint from 2011 drivers. Powering every 2012 BMW 3 Series was a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, which provided significant jump compared to the base engine of the 2011 model. Rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive was still an option, and could still be purchased with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

    Interior comforts were still just as plush and comfortable as the previous year’s model; however, BMW made a choice of removing leather from the base model. That said, the leatherette that dressed base model interiors felt quite real, and additional features like an HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic climate control made for an all-around premium experience.

    The 2013 BMW 3 Series entered the market with a similar level of praise as the previous model, providing the same agile and responsive driving experience as before. In 2013, BMW added the 320i trim to the lineup, expanding on the already broad range of configuration offered by this powerful roadster. In the 2013 model, all-wheel-drive was available in the sedan body style for the first time, providing superior grip with the road, and overall better handling. In terms of engine power, the base six-cylinder was scrapped for a more fuel-efficient 180 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder in the sedan model and a turbocharged 240 horsepower four-cylinder in the coupe and convertible models. A hybrid option is also made available in 2013, giving a moderate boost to fuel economy ratings.

  • 2014-2016

    A white 2015 BMW 3 Series is parked in a parking lot with a city skyline in the background.

    2014 saw a dramatic departure from the previous year’s model, providing a clear cut refresh for an already sharp and promising vehicle. The 2014 BMW 3 Series introduced a four-door Gran Turismo hatchback, completely reshaping the 3 Series spread. A redesigned sports wagon also joined the lineup, further expanding the level of configuration that drivers could enjoy. Meanwhile, the 3 Series coupe and convertible models left the lineup becoming apart of the 4 Series. The 2014 BMW 3 Series came with a wide array of base engine power, ranging from 180 to 300 horsepower.

    Gas mileage also saw a huge swing, as drivers could expect anywhere between 20-31 mpg in the city and 30-43 mpg on the highway. Beyond these drastic model changes, the 2014 BMW 3 Series could be purchased with a wide array of active safety features that today are considered standard such as adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and a highly accurate navigations system.

    Thanks to the bold changes from the 2014 model, the 2015 BMW 3 Series remained fairly consistent, providing the same spread as the previous year’s iteration. That said, the M3 model received a complete redesign getting a 425 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 that put other performance cars to shame. The M3 could also be purchased with either a six or seven-speed manual transmission to make for some pretty snappy driving through and through.

    By the time the 2016 BMW 3 Series was introduced to the BMW family lineup, hybrid technology had advanced tremendously. BMW took advantage of this boost in fuel-sipping tech by redesigning its hybrid option, scrapping the previous ActiveHybrid3 in replace for the 330e plug-in hybrid. With this more efficient hybrid, drivers could average around 31/32 miles per gallon, thanks to the onboard 7.6 kWh battery.

    On top of that, drivers were also given the option of a diesel engine, which was far more powerful than base models, and significantly more fuel-efficient earning 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. The 2016 BMW 3 Series also came with a stop-start engine feature that allowed you to turn off the engine when stopped to cut fuel burn.

  • 2017-2018

    A silver 2017 BMW 3 Series is parked in a dirt parking lot near Cincinnati, OH.

    The 2017 BMW 3 Series took interior design a step further, adding wireless charging to certain models, which allowed you to charge your phone without the hassle of cords or cables. The 328i model also replaced the 330i model adding further diversity to an already colorful lineup. Just like previous models, the 2017 BMW 3 Series sported the same powerful 180 horsepower base engine; however, you could opt for greater engine performance in trims like the 340i Gran Turismo, which came with a 300 horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine.

    The 2018 BMW 3 Series continued the same impressive design and trim spread as the previous year’s model. Closing out the 6th generation, the 2018 BMW 3 Series went from a simple coupe, sedan, and convertible body style layout to expand to a wide range of hatchbacks, wagons, and sports sedans. Engines were just as diverse in the 2018 BMW 3 Series as well, providing everything from a 180 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder to a high-powered 444 horsepower twin-turbocharged six-cylinder. This diversity of options gave drivers and continues to give drivers the ability to purchase the kind of luxury performance car that matches their automotive desires.

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