BMW 3 series E46 Sedan 2001

This generation of BMW 3 series E46 has been produced from September, 2001 to March, 2005. We can provide information about 31 modification of this generation. The car has been produced with classical rear wheel drive (22 versions) and all four wheel (4x4) drive (9 versions).

This BMW is available with six petrol engines with displacement from 1.8 to 3.0 litres and power of from 105 to 231 horsepower un four diesel engines with displacement from 2.0 to 3.0 litres and power of from 115 to 204 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (17 versions), as well as automatic (14 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 3 series E46 sedan average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 7.1 to 11 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 5.5 to 8.7 litres per 100km. The most economical BMW 3 series petrol engine version is BMW 316i, consuming 7.1 litres per 100km. While the most economical BMW 3 series diesel - BMW 320d for 100 kilometers consumes 5.5 liters of diesel.

BMW 3 series E46 sedan CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 172 to 257 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 148 to 233 grams per kilometer. From BMW 3 series with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has BMW 316i which produces an average of 172 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the BMW 3 series diesels least CO2 distributes BMW 320d - 148 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 1 cm shorter than Honda Civic sedan. BMW 3 series gross weight is from 1785 to 2160 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 17 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 2600 $. According to user reviews, average BMW 3 series repair costs are 370 $ per year. Users calculated BMW 3 series cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2200 € cost per year and 0.18 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 58%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 24% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of BMW 3 series for your situation and driving habits here! Below you will find more detailed information about BMW 3 series prices and costs.

In user reviews BMW 3 series received average grade 8.0 (from 10) it corresponds to average rate for cars of this age. Ratings are quite controversial, both positive and not so good, read more in the reviews below. 94% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

BMW 3 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox Drive type
BMW 316i Mar 2002 — Jan 2005 1.8 Petrol 116 HP 7.1 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 316i Mar 2002 — Jan 2005 1.8 Petrol 116 HP 8 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 316i Sep 2001 — Mar 2002 1.9 Petrol 105 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 316i Sep 2001 — Mar 2002 1.9 Petrol 105 HP 9 l/100km Automatic (4 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 318i Sep 2001 — Jan 2005 2.0 Petrol 143 HP 7.2 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 318i Sep 2001 — Jan 2005 2.0 Petrol 143 HP 8.1 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 318d Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 2.0 Diesel 115 HP 5.6 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 318d Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 2.0 Diesel 115 HP 6.8 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320d Sep 2001 — Mar 2003 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 5.5 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320d Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 6.9 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320d Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 5.8 l/100km Manual (6 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320i Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 2.2 Petrol 170 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 320i Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 2.2 Petrol 170 HP 9.4 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 325i Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 325i Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.5 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 325xi Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 325xi Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 11 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330d Sep 2001 — Mar 2003 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 6.7 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330d Sep 2001 — Mar 2003 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 8 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330xd Sep 2001 — Mar 2003 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 7.6 l/100km Manual (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330xd Sep 2001 — Mar 2003 2.9 Diesel 184 HP 8.7 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330i Sep 2001 — Mar 2003 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.1 l/100km Manual (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330i Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.6 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330xi Sep 2001 — Mar 2003 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.6 l/100km Manual (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330xi Sep 2001 — Mar 2005 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 11 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330i Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.1 l/100km Manual (6 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330xi Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.9 l/100km Manual (6 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330d Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 3.0 Diesel 204 HP 6.6 l/100km Manual (6 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330d Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 3.0 Diesel 204 HP 7.7 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) Rear wheel drive (RWD)
BMW 330xd Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 3.0 Diesel 204 HP 7.6 l/100km Manual (6 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
BMW 330xd Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 3.0 Diesel 204 HP 8.7 l/100km Automatic (5 gears) All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)

BMW 3 series safety

During safety testing BMW 3 series has obtained 4 stars from five, which means good safety level.
Adults (driver and passenger) safety of BMW 3 series is evaluated with four stars, and for pedestrian protection BMW 3 series got one star.

BMW 3 series prices

BMW 3 series 2001 - 2005 sedan price in Latvia is from 1800 $ to 3300 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 3 series price is very high - BMW 3 series is approximately for 32 percents more expensive then average sedans of this age (compare sedans 2001 - 2005 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.

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
BMW 3 series 2005 price 2300 $ 2400 $ 2800 $
BMW 3 series 2004 price 2100 $ 2700 $ 3300 $
BMW 3 series 2003 price 1800 $ 2600 $ 3300 $
BMW 3 series 2002 price 1900 $ 2600 $ 3300 $
BMW 3 series 2001 price 2100 $ 2600 $ 3100 $

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BMW 3 series reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of German vehicle inspection service (TÜV) BMW 3 series quality is very low. In the roadworthiness tests carried out in 2017, defects were detected in an average of 32.9 percent of BMW 3 series of this generation.

BMW 3 series reliability and quality

BMW 3 series E46 sedan features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
80%
Climate control
79%
Adjustable steering wheel
67%
Metallic paint
63%
Cruise control
49%
Rear parking sensors
42%
Rain sensor
42%
Leather upholstery
37%
Heated seats
29%
Xenon headlights
29%
Sunroof
18%
Dimming mirrors
18%
Navigation
15%

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BMW 3 series reviews

Total 74 BMW 3 series owner reviews

BMW 3 series 2001 Sedan 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 2002 Estate car/wagon Diesel 3.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2019 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:60`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.5 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 5672.1 $ (~ 1890 $ per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 27
BMW 3 series 2003 Estate car/wagon Petrol 1.9 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 13 years) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 865.8 $ (~ 865 $ per year)
Total car rating:
4/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 25
BMW 3 series 2001 Estate car/wagon 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 2003 Sedan Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 11 years) Owned for:45`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.4 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 710.4 $ (~ 355 $ per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 51
BMW 3 series 2004 Hatchback Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2018 (age of car 14 years) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.5 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 333 $
Total car rating:
9/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 57
BMW 3 series 2002 Estate car/wagon Petrol 2.5 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 12 years) Owned for:20`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 111 $ (~ 37 $ per year)
Total car rating:
10/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   female, age 26
BMW 3 series 2001 Estate car/wagon 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 2002 Sedan Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 12 years) Owned for:65`000 kilometers (5 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (90% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 987.9 $ (~ 197 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 29
BMW 3 series 2002 Estate car/wagon Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 14 years) Owned for:12`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 7.6 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 133.2 $ (~ 133 $ per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 59
BMW 3 series 2001 Sedan 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 2003 Sedan Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2017 (age of car 14 years) Owned for:40`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (90% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 133.2 $ (~ 66 $ per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 24
BMW 3 series 2001 Sedan 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
Review - positive and negative sides
 
BMW 3 series 2003 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2008 (age of car 5 years) Owned for:150`000 kilometers (7 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 2619.6 $ (~ 374 $ per year)
Total car rating:
10/10
 
BMW 3 series 2003 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 12 years) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 83.25 $ (~ 83 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
   male, age 21
BMW 3 series 2004 Sedan Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 12 years) Owned for:3`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 5.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 932.4 $
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 49
BMW 3 series 2004 Hatchback Diesel 3.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 10 years) Owned for:30`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total car rating:
9/10
 
BMW 3 series 2004 Sedan Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2013 (age of car 9 years) Owned for:100`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 5.8 litres per 100km (20% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 510.6 $ (~ 255 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   female, age 56
BMW 3 series 2004 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 10 years) Owned for:30`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 6.5 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 205.35 $ (~ 205 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
 
BMW 3 series 2004 Estate car/wagon Petrol 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 11 years) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total car rating:
9/10
   male, age 62
BMW 3 series 2001 Sedan 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 2002 Sedan Diesel 3.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 14 years) Owned for:70`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1776 $ (~ 1776 $ per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
 
BMW 3 series 2003 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2006 (age of car 3 years) Owned for:40`000 kilometers (13 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.5 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 632.7 $ (~ 48 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
   male, age 36
BMW 3 series 2004 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 12 years) Owned for:100`000 kilometers (4 years)
Average fuel consumption: 5.2 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 50
BMW 3 series 2003 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2019 (age of car 16 years) Owned for:25`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 2430.9 $ (~ 2430 $ per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
   male
BMW 3 series 2005 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 11 years) Owned for:50`000 kilometers (4 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1309.8 $ (~ 327 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
   male, age 33
BMW 3 series 2003 Sedan Petrol 1.8 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2019 (age of car 16 years) Owned for:310`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (20% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 482.85 $ (~ 241 $ per year)
Total car rating:
5/10
   female, age 32
BMW 3 series 2002 Sedan Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 13 years) Owned for:26`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 333 $
Total car rating:
9/10
   female, age 25
BMW 3 series 2002 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2012 (age of car 10 years) Owned for:22`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 38.85 $ (~ 12 $ per year)
Total car rating:
7/10
   male, age 51
BMW 3 series 2001 Sedan 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 2002 Sedan Diesel 2.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 13 years) Owned for:40`000 kilometers (3 years)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (90% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 2064.6 $ (~ 688 $ per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   female, age 28
BMW 3 series 2001 Sedan 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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