We’re all BMW fans here, that’s no secret, whether BMWs are your brand of choice or just a brand you enjoy. If that’s the case, it’s likely you’ve had at least one BMW in your lifetime. Maybe you’ve had one, maybe you’ve been lucky enough to have five or six. But you’ve almost certainly owned a Bavarian car before.
On sites like this, forums and other publications, people rant and rave about specific BMWs, like the M3, being the best BMWs and the only ones to buy. However, BMW customers buy all sorts of different vehicles, not just the enthusiast favorites, as they fit their lifestyle. Many of these customers create real bonds with a lot of these cars and become regular customers.
Some Bimmer buyers do like their sports cars more than anything else, so they appreciate the sharp handling of more nimble cars like the E46 3 Series or maybe a Z3. These fans would appreciate their older BMWs more so than maybe a newer one, thanks to the more pure feel of an older BMW.
There are also Bavarian buyers who prefer luxury or need a lot of space. Theses buyers might buy 5 and 7 Series BMWs, or maybe even SUVs. If this is you, maybe the E53 BMW X5, the original, as it provided great interior space combined with good driving dynamics, would be your favorite.
So which BMW has been your absolute favorite BMW and why?
Personally, I’ve only had one, unfortunately, a 1996 E36 328i sedan. So by default, that’s my favorite BMW that I’ve ever owned, however, I feel as if it still might be had I owned more. I love it, how tight and sharp it feels, how focused. It’s also the absolute perfect size, not too small and not too big. It’s just right. The 2.8 liter straight-six is fantastic and has a throaty low-end with punchy torque and a screechy top-end with a razor sharp responses. It’s not the fastest or most powerful car, but it’s great fun.
So what’s the best Bimmer you’ve every owned?