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We would love to hear about your experience of the BMW 3-series touring cars. If you have ever owned one and had to replace any parts, let us know how these parts performed when fitted. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

BMW 3-Series Touring Overview

The BMW 3-Series Touring car is part of the BMW 3-series range, and is the estate version of this series. This vehicle is produced by the German automobile manufacturing company BMW and has been in production since 1987. The touring version was not available at the introduction of the 3-series but was made available in the second generation. The current version of the 3-series touring car is the largest ever, offering up to 495 litres of storage space which is massive. These cars are very luxurious, stylish and are the class leaders of this type of car. Does this sound like your experience of this car?

BMW 3-Series Touring History

The BMW 3-series touring car was introduced in the second generation (1982-94) of the 3-series. The touring version was introduced in 1987 and this version of the 3-series was much more luxurious than the first generation. The third generation (1990-99) gave the 3-series a new look, moving from the original styling. The touring version was introduced in 1994 on this model. The fourth generation (1998-2006) was initially only available in saloon and coupe, but the touring version was introduced the following year in 1999. New gearboxes and engines were available in this generation. The fifth generation (2005-12) was re-engineered making it slightly larger than previous versions. More powerful engines were added to the touring cars in 2006. The sixth generation 2012-present) is the current version on the market. There are a lot of new technologies available on this version and the touring version has the most storage space ever on the 3-series range.

Model Types

SE Sport ES Edition ES SE Business Edition EXL M Sport SPP Edition M Sport Modern Luxury

Fuel Economy

The BMW 3-Series Touring car is available in 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.5, 2.8, 3.0 and 4.0L petrol and 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 and 3.0L diesel engines. The smaller diesel engines are the more economical, offering up to 60mpg which is really good economy. Which engine do you have and how does it perform economically? The age, fuel type and engine size are determining factors when considering fuel economy.


The BMW 3-Series Touring car is available in 5 or 6-speed manual, 5-speed semi-automatic and 4, 5, 6 or 8-speed automatic gearboxes, depending on which generation. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? You can visit the BMW gearbox section of our website to find the gearbox parts you need for your 3-series touring car.


Here at Breakeryard we have BMW 3-Series Touring car parts available at amazingly low prices. You can search through our vast network of UK Breakers who stock parts for all makes and models. Either visit the 3-series touring parts page of our website or enter your vehicle details to begin your search.