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2016 BMW M3

$44,223 — $59,819 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 7 reviews

The Good

  • Powerful engine shines on the track
  • Supportive, comfortable sport seats
  • Backseat space, trunk room
  • Carbon fiber interior accents
  • Small-hub M steering wheel

The Bad

  • Modest steering feedback
  • Occasionally lurches at low speed (dual-clutch transmission)
  • Carbon fiber roof looks odd on black cars
2016 BMW M3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 BMW M3
  • Sedan (M3) or coupe (M4)
  • Turbocharged six-cylinder
  • Dual-clutch or traditional manual transmission with downshift rev-matching
  • Rear-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The M3 is a high-performance version of the 3 Series sedan that was redesigned last year. It's powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that's rated at 425 horsepower.
What's Special

  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Track-optimized cooling system
  • Keyless entry now standard
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system now standard
  • New LED taillights

Here's info on the regular 3 Series:
BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model. It's available as a sedan, Gran Turismo hatchback or wagon. Numerous drivetrains are offered, including a diesel version. The five-seat 3 Series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive and competes with the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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New for 2016
The sedan and Sport Wagon body styles of the 3 Series gain mild styling updates, suspension and steering revisions, and new features, including available LED headights. There's a new 340i sedan powered by a 320-horsepower six-cylinder engine, and the available navigation system supports over-the-air map updates. An available Track Handling Package for gas-powered models features variable sport steering, an adaptive suspension, sport brakes with high-temperature pads and gray 18-inch light-alloy wheels.
Significant Standard Features

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Push-button start
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate co...
Vehicle Overview

The M3 is a high-performance version of the 3 Series sedan that was redesigned last year. It's powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that's rated at 425 horsepower.
What's Special

  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Track-optimized cooling system
  • Keyless entry now standard
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system now standard
  • New LED taillights

Here's info on the regular 3 Series:
BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model. It's available as a sedan, Gran Turismo hatchback or wagon. Numerous drivetrains are offered, including a diesel version. The five-seat 3 Series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive and competes with the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

(Skip to details on the: 3 Series Gran Turismo)
New for 2016
The sedan and Sport Wagon body styles of the 3 Series gain mild styling updates, suspension and steering revisions, and new features, including available LED headights. There's a new 340i sedan powered by a 320-horsepower six-cylinder engine, and the available navigation system supports over-the-air map updates. An available Track Handling Package for gas-powered models features variable sport steering, an adaptive suspension, sport brakes with high-temperature pads and gray 18-inch light-alloy wheels.
Significant Standard Features

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Push-button start
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • iDrive multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Full-LED headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power front seats
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go technology
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning with mitigation feature
  • Navigation system with over-the-air map updates
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo
  • Sunshades for rear windows
  • Power moonroof

3 Series Gran Turismo
The 3 Series Gran Turismo is a four-door, coupelike hatchback version of BMW's compact luxury car. It's a larger car overall, measuring nearly 8 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller. The result is a roomier cabin, especially for backseat passengers who get 2.8 inches of extra legroom. The front and rear seats are also positioned higher for easier entry and exit.
What's Special

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (328i)
  • 300-hp, turbo 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (335i)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Cargo area has tie-down points, hooks and underfloor storage
  • New high-gloss black exterior trim and standard sport seats

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

BMW M3 is a great car!

by BMW M3 Happy commuter from Palm Springs California on November 13, 2018

I have owned this M3 for 2 years and everyday it makes me happy to drive it and enjoy it. I drive it to work every day and I am not the type of persons to store a beauty like this in a garage and I ... Read full review

(5.0)

AWESOME CAR

by jtduncanjr from Knoxville, TN on January 22, 2018

I had a 2013 M3 hardtop convertible, but upgraded to the 2016 M3 because I really wanted a 4D sedan. Wow, this car is awesome. While I am not complaining about the 2013, the newer 2016 comfort, style ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 BMW M3 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 BMW M3 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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