I’m not a huge fan of buying new cars – my brain just doesn’t see the logic in accepting instant depreciation as the price for being the very first person to own a car. I clearly lean towards well-used classics anyway, but at the very least a certified pre-owned car seems like the way to go if you want something modern. I have to make an exception here because somewhere along the line of bloating and modernization, BMW decided to make a car that seemed as likely as an albino unicorn not long ago – a turbodiesel, all-wheel drive, M-packaged station wagon. I’m getting used to the newer BMW styling and almost liking it, especially here on a white longroof spiffed up with black M accents and two-tone 20-spoke wheels reminiscent of the E39 M5’s all-time-great rims. Too bad that it doesn’t have a manual, but these 8-speed autos are supposed to be excellent. Overall, it’s pretty epic as far as new cars go, but then again so is its price.
Click for details: 2015 BMW 328d xDrive on eBay
Model: 328d xDrive
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Mileage: 0 mi
Price: $59,518 OBO
I bet the only reason BMW went with 328d instead of 320d is so they could charge more. Nearly $60k is just nuts for a mid-size, economy-engined wagon. The Premium, M-Sport, and navigation packages add nearly $8k to the price, and yes, you get a 4-year warranty, but holy cow. You could have an E30 325ix Touring, an E39 M5, AND a brand-new GTI for the same money! Clearly I’m not the target market for this 328d – I imagine they’re aiming for a young urban professional new-mom of some sort. Oh well; we should’ve known that an AWD diesel wagon was a bit of a pipe dream anyway.