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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The prestige of the BMW badge and quality of the product means that the 3 Series Convertible usually has some of the best residuals around. This should be further enhanced with the metal folding roof and sophisticated equipment (such as heat-reflective seats) on this latest car. Insurance and parts and servicing are expensive, but in line with other cars of this kind while the frugal diesels mean running one needn't be an expensive experience.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,419 - £2,007 *
Diesel 131p £1,083 - £1,489 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Indicated by on-board computer
Warranty Three years/unlimited mileage
Road tax (12 months) £145 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 30 - 43
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The 3 Series Convertible performs reasonably on the eco front and by far the best model is the 320d - this emits 140g/km of CO2 and is capable of 53mpg. Even the top of the range 335i isn't too bad - averaging 30mpg and emitting 226g/km of CO2, which is impressive considering it's superb performance.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
320d Diesel 135 g/km (Min) £145
335i Petrol 226 g/km (Max) £555

Reliability

4.5 out of 5 4.5

BMW is renowned for its quality, and this generation of 3 Series Convertible is no exception. For much of its life it proved to be exceptionally reliable with no major problems. The Convertible feels precisely built and there’s good attention to detail throughout the car.

BMW 3 Series Convertible recalls

BMW announced in May 2018 that various petrol- and diesel-engined 3 Series Coupe models would be subjected to a recall relating to an engine cut-out problem caused by an electrical fault.

If a used 3 Series Convertible built between March 2007 and August 2011 is on your shortlist, then it’s important to verify with a BMW dealer that the remedial work has been undertaken.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox Electrical fault with certain engines resulted in a recall in May 2018.
Other No problems reported.

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