BMW 3 Series owners manuals

BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series specs

Model overview

The BMW 3 Series is a compact executive vehicle produced by the German maker BMW since May 1975. It is the replacement to the 02 Series and has been created in seven distinct generations.

The first generation was solely available as a 2-door sedan. Since then the model series has grown to include a 4-door sedan, 2-door convertible, 2-door coupé, 5-door station wagon, 5-door liftback, and 3-door hatchback styles. Starting with 2013 the coupé and convertible have been sold as the 4 Series, consequently, the 3 Series series no longer includes these models.

The 3 Series is the best-selling model of BMW, representing around 30% of the BMW annual total sales (excluding motorbikes). The BMW 3 Series has acquired numerous prizes throughout its history.

The sporty M package of the 3 series, M3, lanched with the E30 M3 in 1986.

The BMW is equipped with an exceptional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which is remarkably smooth delivering 255 horsepower. The all-wheel-drive of the 330i xDrive model accelerates to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, which is quick enough and meets the performance of its main rival, the Audi A4. For more momentum, the new 2020 BMW M340i is equipped with a 382-hp turbocharged engine. With rear-wheel drive, the M340i reaches from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

BMW 3 Series known problems

Some of the common problems or complaints about the BMW 3 Series are:
  • One of the most frequent electrical issues with a BMW 3 Series is with the battery. The positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may deteriorate or corrode over time and losing electrical power.
  • Owners have reported other electrical problems where the key won’t turn in the ignition and the dashboard shows the steering lock symbol caused by a defective steering column or computer issues.
  • The Turbocharged 3 Series has a lot of engine problems, especially with the fuel pumps causing the engine to stall. 
  • BMW 3 Series owners have reported noise and vibration sounds coming from the engine of the car. Although the causes of these sounds don’t share a common cause, they are usually related to the engine.
  • BMW is known to use high-priced and uncomfortable run-flat tires, which can fade and tear quickly. Constantly examine the tires you are interested in and save a budget for new wheels if needed.

BMW 3 Series PDF owner manual

On this page you can find the owners manuals for the 3 Series model sorted by year. The manuals are free to download and are available in PDF format. Is is recommended to check the owners manual corresponding to the correct year of your BMW 3 Series to solve the problems or to get insights about the car.
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