If it wasn't for the introduction of the original BMW 3-Series, in 1975, and its immediate enormous popularity, there's a good chance that BMW wouldn't be here today. But not only is the company still here, it is still independent and hugely profitable.The enviable reputation gained by the 3-Series after more than a quarter of a century and four generations has seen it firmly established as the benchmark by which all rivals are judged.
This fascinating, all-colour BMW 3-Series Book concentrates on the third- and fourth-generation 3-series models, beginning with the E36 cars introduced in 1990 which paved the way for the later E46 range, launched in 1997. Richard Dredge tells the story of the creation and evolution of BMW's best-selling model range, and provides a flavour of the 3-Series in all its forms. In addition to a model history and details of all E36 and E46 variants, including the Z3 and Z4, there is practical advice on what to look for when buying a 3-Series, as well as details of maintenance and modifications. The BMW 3-Series Book is an essential guide for all 3-Series owners and enthusiasts.
The author Richard Dredge is a freelance journalist and author. He has written two other books for Haynes: Volvo (Classic Makes Series) and Lamborghini (Great Cars Series). He lives in Droitwich, Worcestershire.
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