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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Alarm and immobiliser are standard, as is remote central locking; satellite tracking is an option. All models have six airbags, including side airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and ABS. Safety is assured with a four star Euro-NCAP rating - excellent for its age, but beginning to be left behind by the latest models.

The saloon is perfectly suited to cruising on A-roads, comfortably covering hundreds of motorway miles at a time. It’s not quite as nimble around town but it carries the weekly shopping with ease. 3-Series is roomier than the previous generation model, but the rear drive does compromise boot capacity a little. Although it's a good effort overall, with very useable space, there are bigger-bottomed and more accommodating rivals available.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series Saloon (98-05).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Front electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
ES optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
SE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SE Aegean Blue Edition equipment

SE Aegean Blue Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
SE Aegean Blue Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels

SE Velvet Blue Edition equipment

SE Velvet Blue Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
SE Velvet Blue Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control