BMW 3 series E46 Coupe 2003

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.
The car is available with both manual (6 versions), as well as automatic (6 versions) gearbox.

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BMW 3 series 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 economical BMW 3 series petrol engine version is BMW 318Ci, consuming 7.4 litres per 100km. While the most economical BMW 3 series diesel - BMW 320Cd for 100 kilometers consumes 5.7 liters of diesel.

BMW 3 series 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.

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 14 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This BMW is in average price group - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 4000 €. According to user reviews, average BMW 3 series repair costs are 260 € per year. Users calculated BMW 3 series cost of ownership for this generation, got average 2700 € cost per year and 0.22 € 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 Mar 2003 — Sep 2006 2.0 Petrol 143 HP 7.4 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 318Ci Mar 2003 — Sep 2006 2.0 Petrol 143 HP 8.1 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 320Cd Sep 2003 — Sep 2005 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 5.7 l/100km Manual (6 gears)
BMW 320Cd Sep 2003 — Sep 2005 2.0 Diesel 150 HP 6.9 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 320Ci Mar 2003 — Sep 2006 2.2 Petrol 170 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 320Ci Mar 2003 — Sep 2006 2.2 Petrol 170 HP 9.4 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 325Ci Mar 2003 — Sep 2006 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9 l/100km Manual (5 gears)
BMW 325Ci Mar 2003 — Sep 2006 2.5 Petrol 192 HP 9.5 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 330Ci Mar 2003 — Sep 2006 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.1 l/100km Manual (6 gears)
BMW 330Ci Mar 2003 — Sep 2006 3.0 Petrol 231 HP 9.6 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)
BMW 330Cd Mar 2003 — Sep 2005 3.0 Diesel 204 HP 6.6 l/100km Manual (6 gears)
BMW 330Cd Mar 2003 — Sep 2005 3.0 Diesel 204 HP 7.7 l/100km Automatic (5 gears)

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 above average (compare coupes 2003 - 2006 prices).

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
BMW 3 series 2006 price 4400 € 6000 € 8000 €
BMW 3 series 2005 price 2500 € 3100 € 3600 €
BMW 3 series 2004 price 2700 € 3100 € 3600 €
BMW 3 series 2003 price 2500 € 3600 € 5000 €

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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 average. In the roadworthiness tests carried out in 2018, defects were detected in an average of 26.5 percent of BMW 3 series of this generation (the average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 26.9%).

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BMW 3 series E46 coupe features (options)

Percentage of BMW 3 series with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
78%
Climate control
72%
Metallic paint
67%
Adjustable steering wheel
64%
Cruise control
52%
Leather upholstery
50%
Rain sensor
43%
Rear parking sensors
37%
Electrically adjustable seats
37%
Xenon headlights
33%
Heated seats
27%
Dimming mirrors
19%
Tire pressure control
18%
Navigation
17%
Sunroof
13%

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BMW 3 series reviews

Total 74 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:
4/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 25
BMW 3 series 2006 Estate car/wagon Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 10 years) Owned for:76`000 kilometers (4 years)
Average fuel consumption: 11.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 30
BMW 3 series 2006 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 8 years) Owned for:215`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 8.3 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 700 € (~ 350 € per year)
Total car rating:
10/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   female, age 29
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 2006 Estate car/wagon Diesel, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2016 (age of car 10 years) Owned for:10`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.0 litres per 100km (30% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 700 €
Total car rating:
8/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   male, age 30
BMW 3 series 2006 Estate car/wagon Diesel 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 8 years) Owned for:50`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.5 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total car rating:
9/10
Review - positive and negative sides
   female, 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 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 2006 Estate car/wagon Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2017 (age of car 11 years) Owned for:1`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.0 litres per 100km (60% urban driving)
Total car rating:
8/10
   female, age 23
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 2006 Sedan Petrol 2.0 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 9 years) Owned for:15`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 10.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 100 € (~ 100 € per year)
Total car rating:
9/10
   male, age 34
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 2006 Sedan Diesel 3.3 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2011 (age of car 5 years) Owned for:40`000 kilometers (6 years)
Average fuel consumption: 9.0 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 500 € (~ 83 € per year)
Total car rating:
10/10
   female, age 44
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 2006 Estate car/wagon Diesel 3.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2018 (age of car 12 years) Owned for:25`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 9.3 litres per 100km (50% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1300 € (~ 650 € per year)
Total car rating:
8/10
   male, age 52
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
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