We at BF are addicted to the used BMW classifieds and we’re guessing you are as well. Which makes today’s Ask BF particularly interesting. It comes from Benjamin Davis; “what is the best used value in the BMW world?” Here’s the full request:
I’m hoping to gain your perspective on BMW used buying values. It’s been a while since we’ve lived stateside, but we’re headed back next Spring, with a newborn. We may only get to stay through the summer, so thought I’d seek recommendations on a safe, reliable Bimmer. I’m willing to do some research and will follow your lead. I’m not sure what to say about a price-range. If we need to sell at summer’s end–maybe that sets the range?
Price range is obviously important but let’s keep it open and hear your thoughts. What’s the best used BMW at:
Keep in mind Ben is looking for something that can handle a newborn so a four door is likely a good move.
So with all that said, here are a couple thought-starters:
2004 E46 330i ZHP. Depending on miles expect to pay anywhere from 11-18k. Put plainly this is one those cars that BMW got right in just about every way. The drivetrain is sorted and a joy to commute in or attack the twisties.
2003 E39 540i Sport (six speed). Sense a trend here? Used cars are best at the end of the model run and the E46 and E39 represent solid cars for little money. The 540i Sport gives you a V8 (yes it’s made a bit pointless with turbo-charging these days but that’s a debate for another day) and a honey of a six speed manual to motivate it all with. Expect to pay between 8k-15k depending on mileage etc. Here’s a great example with 63k at $12.9K.