The BMW 3 Series – BMW’s Best Selling Model
As one of the most popular entry-level luxury cars, BMW’s 3 Series has been produced in six different generations since its inception in May 1975.
So which one do you have? One of the first models created in this series was the 2-door sedan before BMW expanded to the 4-door sedan, 2-door convertible, 2-door coupe, 5-door station wagon, and 5-door hatchbacks.
If you do own one of the above coupe or convertible models, they sort of metamorphosed in later years into the ‘4 Series,’ changing up the game a bit, so the 3 Series range no longer includes these body styles. So maybe you own an almost… 4 Series?
Regardless of the semantics, the 3 Series line of BMW has won a multitude of awards and accounts for more than 30% of the BMW brand’s annual sales, excluding their popular line of motorbikes. The popularity of this particular line of BMWs is not just based on its sleek style or luxury features, it’s that generation after generation of the 3 Series has offered the same strengths regardless of constant evolution and growth in the company itself.
Bavarian Motor Works has the motto, “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” and they have without a doubt lived up to it. If you own a BMW 3 Series in Santa Rosa, you are now a member of what is essentially a cult classic following, and North Bay Bavarian is dedicated to helping you keep your 3 Series performing at its full potential.
North Bay Bavarian specializes in a variety of different BMW model repair and maintenance services, but we see a lot of 3 Series BMWs in the area, and it’s no surprise why. The 3 Series has been on the Car and Driver Magazine’s annual Ten Best list a whopping 22 times from 1992 – 2014.
The 3 Series is the longest running entry on that list, not to mention Grassroots Motorsports Magazine’s prestigious shout-out when naming the BMW 3 Series as the, “…second most important performance car built during the last 25 years.”
Since opening our doors in ’87, we’ve dedicated our time and energy to everything BMW. We have been working on these cars for the last 30 years and we’re experts when it comes to the 3 Series and all of its generations.
BMW 3 Series: A Look at the Generations
- E21 1975 – 1981 (2-door Sedan only) Cabriolet
- E30 1982 – 1991 (2 and 4-door Sedan) Cabriolet and Touring (a.k.a, Sports Wagon)
- E36 1992 – 1998 Coupe, Sedan, Cabriolet, Compact (a.k.a. Hatchback) and Touring
- E46 1999 – 2005 Coupe, Sedan, Cabriolet, Compact and Touring
- E90 2005 – 2011 Sedan/ E91 2005 – 2011 Touring/ E92 2006 – 2013 Coupe/ E93 2007 – 2013 Convertible
- F30 2012 – Present Sedan/F31 2012 – Present Touring/ F34 2013 – Present Grand Turismo
If you’re a BMW fan, you know that the above breakdown is just a series of car codes. The “E” stands for ‘Entwicklung’ or ‘Development’ in English. So why the F, now? It’s speculated that BMW has switched over to this because they’ve run out of E-Numbers, but only BMW can answer for sure and we haven’t heard anything. E, F, and now G in 2018? We think they’re just following the English alphabetic trend – and we’re fine with it.
So speaking of the G-Series, exciting news on the 3 Series forefront is that BMW is expected to unveil the G20, the seventh generation of the 3 Series BMW in late 2017 with production to begin 2018. The most impressive idea of the 3 Series following is the options for high-performance customizations and luxury sports packages that truly allow you as an owner to make your BMW all your own.
By bringing in your BMW 3 Series to North Bay Bavarian we can ensure that you will be completely satisfied with our work. We have a reputation in Santa Rosa for BMW repair and maintenance and have been proudly serving our community as the original Bavarian Service shop in Santa Rosa.
Get to know us and let us help you get to know your BMW better than you ever thought you could, schedule an appointment with North Bay Bavarian today or just drop by the shop.