Originally Posted by cmhargrove
No, I think I'm with you. I want to find something fun, but I'm looking to keep the whole package under 40k. Some of the suggestions here seem a bit over my budget.
Build a 3 series on the BMW website. You can get into a 325i with coldweather package leather seats for a couple grand under that.
The killer is when you start adding the Nav and trim upgrades.
For the hell of it I just priced out a 320i (they must not offer the 325i anymore) with cold weather ($950) and the Premium package ($3,200) for $39,595.
People get scared off by the badge but they are still a reasonable car to get into. If you figure to have it for a long time like I did and you get 10-15 years out of it, it is well worth the investment.
Plus they sell a cheaper 1 series now, if your getting on becoming an empty nester and don't need a lot of space.