BMW 3 series 2003 E46 Coupe

This generation of BMW 3 series E46 has been produced from March, 2003 to September, 2006. We can provide information about 12 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with classical rear wheel drive.

This BMW is available with four petrol engines with displacement from 2.0 to 3.0 litres and power of from 143 to 231 horsepower un two diesel engines with displacement from 2.0 to 3.0 litres and power of from 150 to 204 horsepower. All engines feature a timing chain-driven camshaft, which is considered a more reliable and less maintenance-intensive solution (What is an engine chain and belt?).
The car is available with both manual (6 versions), as well as automatic (6 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 3 series 2003 E46 coupe average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 7.4 to 9.6 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 5.7 to 7.7 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient BMW 3 series 2003 E46 coupe petrol engine version is BMW 318Ci, consuming 7.4 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient BMW 3 series 2003 E46 coupe diesel - BMW 320Cd for 100 kilometers consumes 5.7 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, BMW 3 series real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 10 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +10% for petrol engines and +10% for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific BMW 3 series modification.

BMW 3 series 2003 E46 coupe CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 180 to 230 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 153 to 206 grams per kilometer. From BMW 3 series with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has BMW 318Ci which produces an average of 180 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the BMW 3 series diesels least CO2 distributes BMW 320Cd - 153 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 6.5 seconds has BMW 330Ci version, conversely the tardiest one is BMW 318Ci reaching this speed only in 10 seconds. The maximum top speed is 250 km/h for the 3.0 petrol 231 hp version (BMW 330Ci).

Lenght of BMW 3 series is 449 cm, it is decent size car. For comparison - BMW 3 series is about 1 cm longer than Ford Focus sedan, but 3 cm shorter than Toyota Avensis hatchback. BMW 3 series gross weight is from 1820 to 2055 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 9 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles. BMW 3 series trunk space is 410 litres.

This BMW is in average price group - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 4400 €. According to user reviews, average BMW 3 series repair costs are 260 € per year. Users calculated BMW 3 series 2003 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2700 € cost per year and 0.23 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 54%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 23% 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 8.2 (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. 92% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

BMW 3 series modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
BMW 318Ci

Most fuel efficient petrol version

2.0 Petrol 143 HP 7.4 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 318Ci 2.0 Petrol 143 HP 8.1 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 320Cd Sep 2003 — Sep 2005

Most fuel efficient diesel version

2.0 Diesel 150 HP 5.7 l/100km Manual (6)
BMW 320Cd Sep 2003 — Sep 2005 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 6.9 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 320Ci 2.2 Petrol 170 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 320Ci 2.2 Petrol 170 HP 9.4 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 325Ci 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.0 l/100km Manual (5)
BMW 325Ci 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.5 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 330Ci

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds

3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.1 l/100km Manual (6)
BMW 330Ci

Most powerfull petrol version (231 HP)

3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.6 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 330Cd Mar 2003 — Sep 2005

Most powerfull diesel version (204 HP)

3.0 Diesel 204 HP 6.6 l/100km Manual (6)
BMW 330Cd Mar 2003 — Sep 2005

Most powerfull diesel version (204 HP)

3.0 Diesel 204 HP 7.7 l/100km Automatic (5)
BMW 3 series service and maintenanceOil change intervals, capacities and specifications, service information for filters, spark plugs, belts etc.

BMW 3 series safety

During safety testing BMW 3 series has obtained 5 stars from five, which means very high safety level.
Adults (driver and passenger) safety of BMW 3 series is evaluated with five stars, children safety - with four stars, and for pedestrian protection BMW 3 series got one star.

BMW 3 series prices

BMW 3 series 2003 - 2006 coupe price in Latvia is from 2500 € to 8000 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles BMW 3 series price is entirely high - BMW 3 series is approximately for 11 percents cheaper then average coupes of this age (compare coupes 2003 - 2006 prices).

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
BMW 3 series 2006 price 4400 € 6000 € 8000 €
BMW 3 series 2005 price 3200 € 4200 € 5500 €
BMW 3 series 2004 price 2500 € 3600 € 4500 €
BMW 3 series 2003 price 2600 € 3600 € 4500 €

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BMW 3 series reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service BMW 3 series reliability is very low. In the roadworthiness tests in 2017 defects were detected in an average of 32.9 percent of BMW 3 series of this generation (on average 13 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 27.1%.

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BMW 3 series 2003 E46 coupe features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
78%
Climate control
72%
Metallic paint
66%
Adjustable steering wheel
58%
Cruise control
48%
Leather upholstery
45%
Rain sensor
43%
Rear parking sensors
34%
Electrically adjustable seats
34%
Xenon headlights
33%
Heated seats
24%
Tire pressure control
19%
Dimming mirrors
17%
Navigation
16%
Sunroof
12%

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BMW 3 series reviews

Total 78 BMW 3 series owner reviews

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
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