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2016 (66) BMW 3 Series 330d xDrive M Sport 4dr Step Auto

Harry Fairbairn BMW (Kirkcaldy)
Only £32,995
£6599 deposit
£531.44 per month

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

BMW emergency callBMW Online services
BMW teleservicesBrake pad wear indicator warning light
Check control systemDigital clock
Door/boot open warning lightFront/rear park distance control
Lights on warningOil temperature gauge
On board computerOn board diagnostics
Operation warning of all exterior lightsOutside temperature display
Push button starterRun flat tyre indicator
Service interval indicatorTraffic message channel (TMC)


Auxiliary point for auxiliary devicesBMW professional radio/CD/MP3
CD Changer preparationDAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

'Guide me home' headlamps2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic headlight beam throw control
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour electric adjustable door mirrorsBody colour roof mouldings
Brake force displayChromed finished twin exhaust
Clear indicator lensesDoor sill finishers
Dynamic brake lightsElectric front and rear windows with one touch/convenient open/close function
Front ornamental grille with chrome plated kidney bars and chrome bezelGreen tinted heat insulating glass
Heated rear window with automatic switch offHeated windscreen washer jets
High gloss shadow lineLED daytime running lights
LED fog lightsRain sensor + automatic driving lights control
Shark fin roof aerial 

Interior Features

12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell2 x folding cupholders in instrument panel above glovebox
3 rear seat head restraints4 foldable grab handles - rear with clothes hook
4 lashing points to secure luggageAutomatic interior light soft on/soft off system
Driver and passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + slide coverDual zone automatic air conditioning
Folding front centre armrest + storageFront and rear door armrests
Front and rear velour floor matsFront door storage bins with bottle holder
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustmentGlovebox light
Height adjustable front headrestsIndirect front interior illumination - soft-light function
Individual anthracite headliningIsofix system on outer rear seats
Leather gear knobLeather gear selector lever handle
Leather handbrake gripLockable glovebox
Luggage compartment lightingM sports leather steering wheel
Multi-function controls for steering wheelReach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholdersRear storage compartment in multifunction centre console with sliding cover
Storage compartment in rear doorsToolkit located in luggage compartment


Extended lighting package - 3 Series 


3 point inertia reel seatbelts + pre-tensioners on outer rear seatsABS
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Crash sensorDriver and passenger airbags
DSC+Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCFront and rear head airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivationFront seat side impact airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limitersHill start assist
Rear child proof door locksSeatbelt warning
Three 3 point rear seatbeltsTwin horns
Tyre pressure monitorWarning triangle and first aid kit


Automatic drive away locking facilityCentral locking fuel filler cap
Centre lock switchElectronic immobiliser
Key integrated remote control central lockingRemote control alarm


Diesel particulate filterDrive Performance Control
Electronic differential lockSports function on gearbox with steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles


Low rolling resistance tyresRun-flat tyres
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification


CO2 (g/km)139Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2993Compression Ratio16.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)84Cylinders - Stroke (mm)90
Engine CodeN57D30O1Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTH
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears8 SPEED
Number of Valves24TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)53.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)58.9EC Urban (mpg)46.3


Badge Engine CC3.0Badge Power258
Coin Descriptiond XDriveCoin SeriesM Sport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0737EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage36000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)5.3Engine Power - BHP258
Engine Power - KW190Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT413
Engine Torque - MKG57Engine Torque - NM560
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed155


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear255/40 R18Tyre Size SpareRUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel StyleM STAR SPOKE STYLE 400MWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)2031 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)57Gross Vehicle Weight2165
Max. Loading Weight550Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1615No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW 3 Series Convertible



The E46 generation of 3 Series Convertibles were hugely significant cars for BMW. Although its predecessor, the E36, had a relatively easy run at the marketplace, the later cars had to contend with vastly improved rivals from Mercedes, Audi and Saab. As the recognised market leader, the BMW has thus far managed to stave off these more concerted attempts to dethrone it, but make no mistake - the 3 Series is top dog on merit. If you're in the market for a used BMW 3 Series Convertible there's a decent amount of choice facing you and no real lemons in the whole line up. What's more, these cars are usually well looked after so there are many more diamonds than dogs on the forecourts. The E46 3 Series Convertible is one of those cars where it's actually quite difficult to go wrong when buying used.


The fourth generation - or E46 - BMW 3 Series, with more rounded styling and slightly bulbous nose, arrived in Britain in time for S-plates in September 1998 but it wasn't another couple of years until drop top versions began to arrive in BMW dealerships. This suggests that the conversion was more than a simple buzz saw job and so it proved. The Convertible made its debut in May 2000 as a 323Ci, with the 330Ci following in June. The 323Ci was short-lived and was replaced by the more powerful 325Ci model in September 2000, at which point the 320Ci made its debut. March 2001 saw the arrival of the rocketship M3 Convertible with the sequential SMG gearbox being offered to M3 customers in July. In September 2001 the 318Ci slotted in at the opposite end of the line up. In a final and surprising throw of the dice for the 3-Series Convertible, BMW's 150bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine was added to the range during the latter stages of 2004. The next generation 3-Series Convertible arrived to replace this model early in 2007 complete with a folding hard-top roof.

What You Get

Ever since BMW took over building its own drop-tops, the 3-series version has always looked sleek with the lid off and the current one continues the tradition perfectly. It's based on the Coupe version and shares that car's sheet metal as far back as the windscreen pillars. The Coupe itself, as BMW addicts will already know, does in fact share little more than door handles, indicator repeaters and badges with the saloon on which the whole 3 Series range is supposedly based. Take one look at the convertible and you appreciate the trouble BMW has gone to make the two-door models lower, wider and longer with a more steeply raked windscreen. As with the previous generation version, no fixed rollover hoop or bulky tonneau cover disturbs the lines of the E46 Convertible. However, should the standard automatic traction control and stability systems included as standard not be enough to prevent the car flipping over, strong steel beams instantly shoot out from behind the rear head restraints to protect the occupants' skulls. When folded, the hood sits neatly under a metal cover. Redesigned front seats, unique to the convertible, incorporate the seatbelts into their structure, rather than attaching them separately to the car body. This, says BMW, allows a better fit, easier access to the rear and stops the passenger belt flapping in the breeze when you're cruising alone, top down. Speaking of the top, this is another completely redesigned part of the car. The triple-layer hood itself has a padded lining to reduce wind noise and there's a proper glass rear window, with demister, in place of the old, easily scratched plastic pane that annoyed previous generation 3 Series Convertible owners.. BMW engineers have also come up with a sneaky hood stowage system that houses the whole convertible roof unit in a removable cartridge. With the roof up, you can fold the container out of the way where it extends into the boot to gain 30 per cent more space than in the old model. With the roof down, and the optional hardtop to hand (which gives you a stylish four-seat coupe and convertible in one) the folded soft top can be removed for winter stowage as a single unit.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

This shape 3 series has had an encouraging record as far as reliability is concerned and general build quality is very good. Check the usual - clocked odometers, body nicks and scrapes, damaged trim, cellphone mounting holes in the dashboard and a cast-iron full BMW dealer service history. It's worth being fussy (avoid dull colours, low ex-rep specifications and gloomy interior trim colours) so that, when resale time comes, you'll get a lot more for your part exchange than you might expect. Be suspicious of cars that have had many owners in a short time (this could be a sign of ongoing problems). If you really want peace of mind, buy from a BMW dealer - but be prepared to pay the premium. As with all convertibles, check the soft top for signs of rips, discolouration, water ingress or damage. The folding procedure for the electric hood isn't immediately obvious and an attempt to gorilla the hood down manually can blow the motors. The SMG gearbox as fitted to the M3 model is a massive improvement over its predecessor and some 60% of M3 owners have chosen to change gear with paddle rather than stick but its worth checking to see if the clutches are still working properly. Negotiate a reverse hill start if possible to find whether there's excess slippage.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 318Ci Convertible) A clutch assembly is around £130. Front brake pads are around £40, a full exhaust about £360, an alternator around £100 and a tyre around £40. A starter motor is about £120. A headlamp is about £165.

On the Road

You'll need a fair amount of disposable income washing about in the slush fund to land an E46 3 Series Convertible. Is it really that good? It's hard not to think so once out on the road, with the dreamily smooth engine note and exceptional refinement. This car flatters your driving without overtly doing so thanks to two clever features - Automatic Stability Control + Traction (ASC+T) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC). It's ASC+T you'll notice most, but only because of the yellow light on the dashboard that occasionally flickers as you hurl the car through the corner. Unless you've the driving reflexes of Juan Pablo Montoya, this electronic safety device could quite literally save you from yourself. No matter how heavy your right foot, the system will only give the rear wheels as much power as they can take without spinning, so every time that little light flashes, you're avoiding a lurid tail-happy slide. If despite all that, you still go too fast into a bend and do exactly the wrong thing (slam on the brakes), CBC will help you out, applying firmer braking to the outside front wheel as the car corners and hugely reducing the risk of a spin. Then there's DSCIII, the latest version of BMW's Dynamic Stability Control System which is standard on all but the 318Ci. Here, sensors positioned in the ABS and scattered around the car detect a possible loss of control before it actually happens and correct the situation automatically by individually braking all four wheels and reducing engine power. It's almost foolproof. All models are respectably quick but the 330Ci and M3 versions are genuinely rapid. A spell in the back after some top down 'enthusiastic' driving can leave passengers feeling a little weather beaten.


It seems convertible buyers respect a meritocracy. The BMW 3 Series Convertible is the best in the business and reaps the reward in sales. Don't expect to find any cheapies washing about the used network, but overall running costs needn't be punishing because of the steady residuals these cars command. Best buys are probably the early 323Ci if you're on a tighter budget or the 330Ci if funds are slightly less of an issue.


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Term (months)60
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