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BMW 3-Series Compact Overview

The BMW 3-Series Compact is classed as small family car which is produced by the German automobile manufacturing company BMW. The 3-series compact was in production from 1993 to 2004 when it was eventually replaced by the BMW 1-series. This car featured over two generations and were the smallest of the 3-series range. The Compact version of the 3-series has had some mixed reviews, as it is seen by some as being too expensive for what you get, as it lacks space and it is not very well equipped. On the other hand, the engine performs really well and it is reliable and well built. It also handle really well and have great safety features. It may not be the most practical car but it does hold its value well. Does any of the above sound like your experience of this car?


The first generation (1993-2000) of the 3-series compact is identical to the saloon version of the 3-series at the front but the rear end is unique to this car. This car was an instant hit with the public with its compact looks, great handling at cheaper price. This was especially the case in Europe. Despite this, it still received mixed reviews from critics. The second generation (2000-2004) was never quite as popular as the previous version despite some build improvements. This version has slightly different styling and has quite a few difference from the other 3-series models. Production ceased in 2004 when the 1-series took over this segment of the market.

Model Types

Standard trim ES SE Sport

Fuel Economy

The BMW 3-series Compact was available with the following engines: 1.6, 1.8 or 2.5L petrol and 2.0L diesel engines. The 2.0L diesel is the most economical, offering up to 49mpg. Which engine do you have and how does it preform economically? Age, fuel type and engine size are determining factors when considering fuel economy.


The BMW 3-series Compact was available with 5 speed manual and 5 speed automatic gearboxes. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to BMW gearbox parts where you can begin your search for your 3-series compact gearbox parts.


If you are looking for BMW 3-series compact parts then we can help you find the right parts at the right prices. Our vast network of UK Breakers has parts available for all makes and models at incredibly low prices. Enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit our 3-series Compact parts page to locate the parts you need.