BMW 3 Series Generations

May 18th, 2022 by

2022 BMW 3 Series Front Grille
 

We’ve got a fantastic selection of pre-owned vehicles for you to choose from. Whether it’s a used sedan or a used SUV, we’ve likely got something that’ll match your Toms River lifestyle. With that being said, one of the most popular vehicles we offer is the BMW 3 Series. The BMW 3 Series features legendary performance typically associated with BMW vehicles and exceptional styling that’ll turn heads wherever you go in the Trenton area.

 

 

With that being said, there are many different BMW 3 Series generations, with each one offering a driving experience that’s memorable. From the 3rd-generation BMW 3 Series to the BMW 5th-generation 3 Series, we’re going to uncover some highlights about each of the BMW 3 Series generations. Find out which of these BMW 3 Series generations works best for your needs today with Automotive Avenues!

BMW 3 Series 1st Generation – E21

First in the collection is the BMW 3 Series 1st-generation model, also known as the E21. It was introduced in 1975 and replaced the BMW 02 Series model at the time. The BMW 3 Series 1st-generation model features styling that’s iconic and easy to spot on the Howell Township roads:

  • It was produced from 1975 until around 1982.
  • Engine options ranged from a 1.6L carbureted I4 to a 2.3L fuel-injected I6.
  • The transmission ranged from a 3-speed automatic transmission to a 5-speed manual transmission.

BMW 3 Series 2nd Generation – E30

The BMW 3 Series E30 generation features the first-ever BMW M3. The M division for BMW today is known for its high-performance offerings, and it all began with the legendary BMW 3 Series E30. Some highlights of the 2nd-generation BMW 3 Series include:

  • It was introduced around 1982 until around 1991.
  • It came in a 2-door, 4-door, & wagon body style.
  • It was the first BMW 3 Series model to be introduced with all-wheel drive.

BMW 3 Series 3rd Generation – E36

Introduced around 1992, the 3rd-generation BMW 3 Series was a big leap forward for the BMW 3 Series lineup. It was larger, more powerful, and offered more features than its predecessor. With so many updates made to the 3rd-generation BMW 3 Series, it’s easy to see why the E36 is so popular among BMW enthusiasts:

  • Featured several body styles from coupe to convertible and even hatchback configurations.
  • Produced from around 1992 until around 1998.
  • Exceptional M3 configuration.

BMW 3 Series 4th Generation – E46

The BMW E46 still gets high praise today from enthusiasts and real-world owners alike. It was a handsome and sporty luxury vehicle from BMW and offers a driving experience that’s unlike anything else you’ve ever driven before on the Wall roads:

  • It has a more rigid body than the BMW 3 Series E36.
  • Rear-wheel drive & all-wheel-drive configurations are available.
  • It introduced satellite navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, & more to the BMW 3 Serie lineup.

BMW 3 Series 5th Generation – E90/E91/E92/E93

The previous BMW 3 Series generations were certainly special, but the BMW 5th-generation 3 Series builds upon already high expectations. Whether it’s the standard BMW 5th-generation 3 Series or the M3 configuration, you won’t be let down when you get behind the wheel of a BMW 3 Series 5th-generation:

  • It’s sometimes referred to as the E9X. Each of the E90, E91, E92, and E93 chassis codes refers to the different body styles (sedan, wagon, coupe, & convertible).
  • It introduced run-flat tires to the BMW 3 Series range.
  • It’s the only BMW M3 generation to feature a V8 engine.

BMW 3 Series 6th Generation – F30/F31/F34/F35

Modern performance and advanced features can all be found in the F3X generation of the BMW 3 Series. If you’re looking for a modern BMW with exceptional driving dynamics, the 6th-generation BMW 3 Series is a great option:

  • The 2-door configuration of the BMW 3 Series became the BMW 4 Series.
  • It introduced a lineup of turbocharged engine offerings to the BMW 3 Series lineup.
  • BMW M3 models for the 6th generation feature the F80 chassis code.

BMW 3 Series 7th Generation – G20/G21/G28

The latest in BMW performance and technology can be found with the BMW 3 Series 7th-generation. This chassis code for the BMW 3 Series can also be referred to as the G2X, with the M3 model having a different chassis code:

  • It features a plug-in hybrid electric configuration.
  • The BMW M3 of this generation has a G80 chassis code and introduced all-wheel drive available to the M3 lineup.
  • It utilizes the BMW Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform.

Discover Your Favorite BMW 3 Series Generation Today With Automotive Avenues!

There’s plenty to appreciate with the BMW 3 Series generations, so if you’re ready to find out which one is your favorite, give us a visit today in Wall. You can also reach out to us online with any questions or concerns!

 

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