Welcome to Generation Gap where we ask you about your favorite generation of a certain multi-generational car nameplate. Then, explain why your choice is right to the rest of us uneducated folks.


While the 5 Series range featured last week is definitely one of the cornerstones of modern enthusiast culture, the 3 Series has arguably wielded even more influence, especially for those seeking European performance for slightly less coin. The only question is, which generation is best? This will definitely be a debated argument, especially between E30 to E90.

The options:

First Generation [1975 - 1981] E21

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Second Generation [1982 - 1991] E30

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Third Generation [1993 - 1998] E36

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Fourth Generation [1998 - 2005] E46 and facelift

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Fifth Generation [2006 - 2011] E90-3 and facelift

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Sixth Generation [2012 - Present] F30-1 and facelift

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