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This generation of BMW 3 series has been produced from April, 1998 to September, 2001. We can provide information about 26 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced with classical rear wheel drive (20 versions) and all four wheel (4x4) drive (6 versions).

This BMW is available with seven petrol engines with displacement from 1.9 to 3.0 litres and power of from 105 to 231 horsepower un two diesel engines with displacement from 2.0 to 2.9 litres and power of from 136 to 184 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (13 versions), as well as automatic (13 versions) gearbox.

BMW 3 series E46 sedan average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 7.9 to 10 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 5.7 to 8.7 litres per 100km. The most economical BMW 3 series petrol engine version is BMW 316i, consuming 7.9 litres per 100km. While the most economical BMW 3 series diesel - BMW 320d for 100 kilometers consumes 5.7 liters of diesel.

BMW 3 series E46 sedan CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 188 to 247 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 152 to 232 grams per kilometer. From BMW 3 series with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has BMW 316i which produces an average of 188 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the BMW 3 series diesels least CO2 distributes BMW 320d - 152 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 6.5 seconds has BMW 330i version, conversely the tardiest one is BMW 316i reaching this speed only in 14 seconds.

Lenght of BMW 3 series is 447 cm, it is decent size car. For comparison - BMW 3 series is about 7 cm longer than Toyota Corolla sedan, but 2 cm shorter than Ford Focus sedan. BMW 3 series gross weight is from 1785 to 2140 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 25 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This BMW is slightly expensive - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 1900 $. According to user reviews, average BMW 3 series repair costs are 240 $ per year. Users calculated BMW 3 series cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2300 € cost per year and 0.18 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 64%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 22% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of BMW 3 series for your situation and driving habits here! Our review authors managed to sell their BMW 3 series in average time of 1 weeks. Below you will find more detailed information about BMW 3 series prices and costs.

In user reviews BMW 3 series received average grade 7.5 (from 10) it corresponds to average rate for cars of this age. All authors of reviews would recommend BMW 3 series to the friend.

BMW 3 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Fuel cons. Gearbox Drive type
BMW 318i Apr 1998 — Sep 2001 1.9 Petrol 118 HP 8 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 318i Apr 1998 — Sep 2001 1.9 Petrol 118 HP 9.2 l/100km Automatic (4 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 316i Jan 1999 — Sep 2001 1.9 Petrol 105 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 316i Jan 1999 — Sep 2001 1.9 Petrol 105 HP 9 l/100km Automatic (4 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320d Apr 1998 — Sep 2001 2.0 Diesel 136 HP 5.7 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320d Sep 2000 — Sep 2001 2.0 Diesel 136 HP 6.9 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320i Apr 1998 — Sep 2000 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320i Apr 1998 — Sep 2000 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320i Sep 2000 — Sep 2001 2.2 Petrol 170 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320i Sep 2000 — Sep 2001 2.2 Petrol 170 HP 9.4 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 323i Apr 1998 — Sep 2000 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 323i Apr 1998 — Sep 2000 2.5 Petrol 170 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 325i Sep 2000 — Sep 2001 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 325i Sep 2000 — Sep 2001 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.5 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 325xi Sep 2000 — Sep 2001 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.6 l/100km Manual (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 325xi Sep 2000 — Sep 2001 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 328i Apr 1998 — Jun 2000 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 9.1 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 328i Apr 1998 — Jun 2000 2.8 Petrol 193 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330d Sep 1999 — Sep 2001 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 6.7 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330d Jan 2000 — Sep 2001 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 8 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330xd Jan 2000 — Sep 2001 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 8.7 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330xd Sep 2000 — Sep 2001 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 7.6 l/100km Manual (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330i Jun 2000 — Sep 2001 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.1 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330i Jun 2000 — Sep 2001 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.6 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330xi Jun 2000 — Sep 2001 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.6 l/100km Manual (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330xi Jun 2000 — Sep 2001 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 10 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)

BMW 3 series prices

BMW 3 series sedan price in Latvia is from 1000 $ to 3000 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 3 series price is very high - BMW 3 series is approximately for 24 percents more expensive then average sedans of this age (compare sedans 1998 - 2001 prices). Despite of price above average BMW 3 series quality is not so good (see below), so this BMW may not be the best choice for this price.

YearLowest price ($)Average price ($)Highest price ($)Availability
2001 1300 2000 3000
2000 1100 1900 2600
1999 1000 1600 2200
1998 1400 2000 2800

BMW 3 series total costs of ownership

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BMW 3 series quality

production year from 1998 to 2001

According to yearly reports of German vehicle inspection service (TÜV) BMW 3 series quality is more below average.
During regular inspections failures are found for approximately 20.6 percents of BMW 3 series.

Year of inspection Age of car Failures found %
/ average for same age cars
Place in rating
BMW 3 sērija produced in 2001
2013 12 years 32.0% / 27.60% 53. from 69
2012 11 years 31.3% / 26.80% 61. from 77
2011 10 years 26.6% / 21.40% 65. from 79
2010 9 years 26.6% / 19.20% 65. from 79
2009 8 years 17.8% / 14.00% 77. from 94
2008 7 years 17.6% / 13.30% 85. from 99
2007 6 years 14.1% / 10.70% 90. from 107
2006 5 years 14.8% / 11.20% 88. from 106
2005 4 years 10.8% / 6.50% 99. from 110
2004 3 years 11.4% / 5.60% 108. from 113
BMW 3 sērija produced in 2000
2012 12 years 31.3% / 26.80% 61. from 77
2011 11 years 30.0% / 26.00% 55. from 72
2010 10 years 26.6% / 19.20% 65. from 79
2009 9 years 21.0% / 18.30% 63. from 87
2008 8 years 17.6% / 13.30% 85. from 99
2007 7 years 17.6% / 15.80% 69. from 96
2006 6 years 14.8% / 11.20% 88. from 106
2005 5 years 13.9% / 11.30% 79. from 105
2004 4 years 11.4% / 5.60% 108. from 113
BMW 3 sērija produced in 1999
2011 12 years 30.0% / 26.00% 55. from 72
2010 11 years 28.5% / 24.10% 59. from 75
2009 10 years 21.0% / 18.30% 63. from 87
2008 9 years 21.3% / 18.10% 73. from 88
2007 8 years 17.6% / 15.80% 69. from 96
2006 7 years 21.3% / 17.20% 81. from 97
2005 6 years 13.9% / 11.30% 79. from 105
2004 5 years 15.0% / 10.90% 86. from 103
BMW 3 sērija produced in 1998
2010 12 years 28.5% / 24.10% 59. from 75
2009 11 years 26.9% / 23.30% 54. from 68
2008 10 years 21.3% / 18.10% 73. from 88
2007 9 years 25.0% / 21.40% 66. from 82
2006 8 years 21.3% / 17.20% 81. from 97
2005 7 years 22.6% / 17.00% 75. from 87
2004 6 years 15.0% / 10.90% 86. from 103

BMW 3 series E46 sedan features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Adjustable steering wheel
77%
Conditioning
76%
Climate control
69%
Metallic paint
58%
Leather upholstery
36%
Cruise control
33%
Rear parking sensors
27%
Heated seats
25%
Sunroof
24%
Rain sensor
22%
Xenon headlights
17%
Dimming mirrors
12%
Electrically adjustable seats
9%
Auxiliary heating
8%
Navigation
7%

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BMW 3 series reviews

BMW 3 series Sedan 2001.year Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 15 years) Owned for:105`000 kilometers (4 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.8 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 2220 $ (~ 555 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 27
BMW 3 series Estate car/wagon 2001.year Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2020 (age of car 19 years) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 2109 $ (~ 2109 $ per year)
Total car rating:
5/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 21
BMW 3 series Sedan 2000.year Petrol 1.6 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 16 years) Owned for:80`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 444 $ (~ 148 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 25
BMW 3 series Cabrio 1998.year Petrol 2.5 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2005 (age of car 7 years) Owned for:30`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 12.0 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total car rating:
8/10
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   male, age 33
BMW 3 series Estate car/wagon 2001.year Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 14 years) Owned for:60`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 6.7 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 521.7 $ (~ 521 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 23
BMW 3 series Sedan 2000.year Petrol 1.9 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 15 years) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.5 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 133.2 $ (~ 66 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 30
BMW 3 series Sedan 2000.year Diesel, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2001 (age of car 1 year) Owned for:100`000 kilometers (15 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.5 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 444 $ (~ 29 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
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   male, age 52
BMW 3 series Sedan 2001.year Petrol 2.2 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 14 years) Owned for:30`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1343.1 $ (~ 671 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 29
BMW 3 series Sedan 2001.year Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 13 years) Owned for:80`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.2 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 555 $ (~ 277 $ per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
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BMW 3 series Estate car/wagon 1999.year Petrol 1.6 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2010 (age of car 11 years) Owned for:20`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 555 $ (~ 185 $ per year)
Total car rating:
6/10
   female, age 50
BMW 3 series Sedan 2001.year Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2006 (age of car 5 years) Owned for:200`000 kilometers (10 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 888 $ (~ 88 $ per year)
Total car rating:
10/10
   male, age 44
BMW 3 series Estate car/wagon 2000.year Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2008 (age of car 8 years) Owned for:115`000 kilometers (8 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.5 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1875.9 $ (~ 234 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
   male, age 45
BMW 3 series Estate car/wagon 1999.year Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:3`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1221 $ (~ 1221 $ per year)
Total car rating:
6/10
 
BMW 3 series Sedan 1998.year Petrol 1.8 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:1998 (age of car 0 years) Owned for:57`000 kilometers (19 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.6 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total car rating:
7/10
   female, age 45
BMW 3 series Hatchback 1999.year Petrol 2.5 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:35`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.5 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 543.9 $ (~ 181 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 28
BMW 3 series Sedan 2000.year Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2017 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:30`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 466.2 $ (~ 233 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 22
BMW 3 series Hatchback 2000.year Diesel 3.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 15 years) Owned for:8`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 22.2 $
Total car rating:
8/10
 
BMW 3 series Sedan 2001.year Diesel 3.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 14 years) Owned for:100`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 777 $ (~ 259 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 29
BMW 3 series Sedan 2001.year Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2019 (age of car 18 years) Owned for:1`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 88.8 $
Total car rating:
6/10
   female, age 55
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