BMW 3 series E46 Hatchback 2001

This generation of BMW 3 series E46 has been produced from June, 2001 to March, 2005. We can provide information about 11 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with classical rear wheel drive.

This BMW is available with three petrol engines with displacement from 1.8 to 2.5 litres and power of from 116 to 192 horsepower un two diesel engines with displacement 2.0 litres and power of from 115 to 150 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (7 versions), as well as automatic (4 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 3 series E46 hatchback average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 6.9 to 9.5 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 5.5 to 6.9 litres per 100km. The most economical BMW 3 series petrol engine version is BMW 316ti Compact, consuming 6.9 litres per 100km. While the most economical BMW 3 series diesel - BMW 320td Compact for 100 kilometers consumes 5.5 liters of diesel.

BMW 3 series E46 hatchback CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 167 to 227 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 148 to 185 grams per kilometer. From BMW 3 series with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has BMW 316ti Compact which produces an average of 167 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the BMW 3 series diesels least CO2 distributes BMW 320td Compact - 148 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 7.1 seconds has BMW 325ti Compact version, conversely the tardiest one is BMW 316ti Compact reaching this speed only in 12 seconds.

Lenght of BMW 3 series is 426 cm, it is medium size car. For comparison - BMW 3 series is about 5 cm longer than Volkswagen Golf hatchback, but 2 cm shorter than Honda Civic hatchback. BMW 3 series gross weight is from 1800 to 1930 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 15 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This BMW is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 2200 €. According to user reviews, average BMW 3 series repair costs are 340 € per year. Users calculated BMW 3 series cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2900 € cost per year and 0.24 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 61%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 21% 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
BMW 316ti Compact Jun 2001 — Mar 2005 1.8 Petrol 116 HP 6.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 316ti Compact Jun 2001 — Mar 2005 1.8 Petrol 116 HP 7.6 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 318ti Compact Jun 2001 — Mar 2005 2.0 Petrol 143 HP 7.2 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 318ti Compact Jun 2001 — Mar 2005 2.0 Petrol 143 HP 7.9 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 318td Compact Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 2.0 Diesel 115 HP 5.6 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 320td Compact Jun 2001 — Feb 2003 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 5.5 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 320td Compact Jun 2001 — Mar 2005 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 6.9 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 320td Compact Mar 2003 — Mar 2005 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 5.7 l/100km Manual (6 gears)
BMW 325ti Compact Jun 2001 — Feb 2003 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 325ti Compact Jun 2001 — Mar 2005 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.5 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 325ti Compact Jan 2003 — Mar 2005 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (6 gears)

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 hatchback price in Latvia is from 500 € to 4400 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 3 series price is very high - BMW 3 series is approximately for 56 percents more expensive then average hatchbacks of this age (compare hatchbacks 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 € 3100 € 4400 €
BMW 3 series 2004 price 1800 € 2100 € 2700 €
BMW 3 series 2003 price 1400 € 2100 € 3400 €
BMW 3 series 2002 price 1400 € 2000 € 2900 €
BMW 3 series 2001 price 500 € 1500 € 2200 €

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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 (the average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 27.1%).

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BMW 3 series E46 hatchback features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
75%
Metallic paint
65%
Adjustable steering wheel
60%
Climate control
54%
Rear parking sensors
27%
Rain sensor
26%
Cruise control
25%
Heated seats
24%
Leather upholstery
18%
Sunroof
17%
Xenon headlights
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: 2000 € (~ 500 € 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: 5110 € (~ 1703 € 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: 780 € (~ 780 € 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: 1900 € (~ 1900 € 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: 640 € (~ 320 € 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: 300 €
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: 100 € (~ 33 € 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: 470 € (~ 470 € 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: 890 € (~ 178 € 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: 120 € (~ 120 € 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: 1210 € (~ 605 € 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: 120 € (~ 60 € 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: 500 € (~ 250 € 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: 2360 € (~ 337 € 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: 75 € (~ 75 € 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: 840 €
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: 460 € (~ 230 € 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: 185 € (~ 185 € 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: 800 € (~ 80 € 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: 1600 € (~ 1600 € 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: 570 € (~ 43 € 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: 2190 € (~ 2190 € 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: 1180 € (~ 295 € 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: 435 € (~ 217 € 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: 300 €
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: 35 € (~ 11 € 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: 700 € (~ 233 € 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: 1860 € (~ 620 € 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: 80 €
Total car rating:
6/10
   female, age 55
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