I have always been a BMW fan. My previous BMW which I still have, a '99 323i is still an absolute joy to drive, and it feels as good if not better than this newer version '13 328xi. Having said that, the amount of money spent to keep the older BMW going over the years has been outrageous. As it was my only car, I wanted a cheaper, more reliable daily driver like a Camry or Accord. On the lot next to a high mileage Honda I liked was a beautiful, very well kept, very low mileage 2013 mineral gray 328xi for only $2000 more. Noticing this "affordable" BMW lead me back to considering a BMW and I found another one, same color and mileage, but upgraded trim level (luxury line), and had it transported from another store.
Sporty but comfortable, not big but practical.
2011 BMW 328Alec H - Irvine, CA02/12/2016
This is my first BMW to see if the hype is real. After owning this car for 5 mos I can say that it is real. This 3 wagon handles great with all controls being very linear and with good feedback. When driven mellow with little passengers the ride is very comfortable and controlled, not harsh and bouncy like some other sporty cars. This is a great combo for parents who need some practicality for hauling little ones around, but don't want to give up driving fun.
2012 BMW 328Christopher Adams - Roseville, CA03/30/2016
The N54 engine is amazing, I already put a JB4 tune, cat less down pipe, and muffler delete. Car will beat stock m3's and M4's. Currently is fast let off the line than my e60 M5. Great car overall especially for being a single turbo 4. The heated steering wheel was the best little feature I noticed. Ha.
Luxury cars come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all expected to look good and perform well. One advantage of buying a used luxury car is that you get the luxury look-and-feel that you want at a more affordable price.