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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Main dealer service costs are steep - on a car of this age a good independent will be much cheaper. Prices are still pretty strong but depend upon condition so it's worth keeping up that servicing. Insurance is pricey.

Even the 316 should run to a high mileage if the cambelt is regularly changed. How good it is will depend on how well it has been looked after. Most owners get well over 100k without any significant problems at all.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,711 - £2,155 *
Diesel 131p £1,418 - £1,861 *

* 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.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
318 TDS Diesel 173 g/km (Min) £265
328i Petrol 243 g/km (Max) £265

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £265
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 33
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.