The BMW E9X chassis was one of the most groundbreaking chassis for BMW, and can still be seen on roads nearly everywhere today. Even with the first models reaching fourteen years old now, the E90's styling still holds up and blends remarkably well with new cars. While the M3 is the pinnacle model of the E9X chassis, prices for those still start in the mid $20,000 range. For a fraction of that, though, you can get a 335i that's almost as capable with just a few modifications.
Which engine to go with depends entirely on your preference and intentions with the car. No matter which one you go with, we always recommend buying a car that has had all of the basic maintenance completed regularly and the big-ticket items replaced in the recent past. Look for cars that have had a carbon cleaning done, fuel injectors replaced, and the high-pressure fuel pumps replaced to avoid high-dollar repairs. We also recommend sticking with the 6-speed manual transmission over the 6-speed automatic, as the automatic is the one thing that easily dates this car the most.
The BMW E36 is regarded as one of BMW's greatest chassis and for a good reason. It dominated the racing scene in the 90s and continues to do so today in series like AER, NASA GTS, and countless others. The M3 variant took the positives of the chassis and ran from there with a higher-output engine, upgraded suspension, and slightly more aggressive styling. While the E36 M3 doesn't blend in as well with modern cars as others on this list, it's still a timeless classic that will get the attention of enthusiasts anywhere you go.
The E46 330i ZHP's following is almost cult-like, so prices can vary wildly. It's still possible to find these at a good price, and it's even possible to find ones that the owners don't quite know what they have. Like other collectible BMWs, certain interior and exterior color combinations can affect the sale price greatly. As with most of the cars on this list, the best place to find good deals is Facebook Marketplace. However, if you're looking for the absolute best, you might have luck on forums like ZHPMafia and boutique dealers such as Enthusiast Auto Group.
If you like the idea of the E36 M3 but are looking for something a decade-plus newer, the 128i is one worth looking at. Often touted as one of BMW's last \"driver's cars,\" the 128i is quickly becoming a future classic.
One of the biggest pitfalls some might find of the 128i is the interior. Often criticized as basic, and that of a much cheaper car, the interior is spartan in all of the right ways. The cockpit is driver-focused without any distractions, especially when optioned without the Navigation Package. Beyond that, you could option the Sport and M-Sport package that gave you manual seats with adjustable bolstering. And, while although a small car by today's standards, the front of the 128i offers enough space for a six-foot adult to spend their time comfortably.
Where engine modifications don't yield much in terms of a performance boost, upgrading the suspension is where your money is best spent. Being BMW's cheapest model at the time meant sacrifices were made. The 128i rode on the cheapest damper that BMW had to offer at the time. Aftermarket dampers or a good set of coilovers coupled with aftermarket sway bars are all it takes to transform the handling of the 128i and are highly recommended.
It's becoming more and more difficult to find the 128i on the used market. Mentioned earlier, models with a manual transmission are rare, and even more rare are ones equipped with the Sport package. When browsing Facebook Marketplace, you can find models that need a lot of work as low as $4,500; it seems the sweet spot is around the $9,000 range, however. These are reliable cars that don't require many major services. Like most BMWs, though, they benefit from regular suspension maintenance to retain their superior handling characteristics, so I would recommend budgeting a small suspension overhaul if it hasn't been done in the recent past.
When it comes to BMW, you can't take their tagline just for granted. The cars from the Bavarian automaker are some of the most sporty and fun to drive machines on the planet. Be it an entry level car or a high end supercar or even a grand tourer. No matter what BMW you get your hands on, it'll leave you with a smile after the drive. Now, obviously as a premium German manufacturer, BMW charges a hefty price tag for the package they offer and one you expereince it, you'll feel that it is very much justified. In this list, we have curated the top ten most affordable BMWs you can buy in 2022.
However, the company does offer something for the budget-conscious luxury German car buyer, starting at around $35,000, and also gets a 3 years/36,000 miles free maintenance plan with all its cars. So without further ado, let's have a look at the most affordable BMW cars you can get your hands on in 2022.
The M235i xDrive is the sportier AWD version in the 2 Series Gran Coupe lineup. It costs $45,500 and is the cheapest M-Sport BMW you buy. If not an outright purchase, the car can be leased for $569/month for 36 months with $4,999 due at signing and a yearly running of $10,000 miles. The M235i can also be financed at 2.99% for up to 60 months with monthly installments of $870.28.
The midsize four-door 430i Gran Coupe model is a practical take on the 4 Series Coupe. This RWD sedan costs $45,200 whereas the AWD version is priced at $47,200. BMW provides a lease deal for $639/month for 36 months with a down payment of $4,514. It can also be financed at 2.99% APR for 60 months with a monthly payment of $891.84.
This is the most expensive of the cheapest BMW SAV (or SUV, if you might) on this list. The BMW X3 costs $43,700 in its sDrive30i form whereas the AWD version demands another $2,000 extra. The SUV can be leased for $559/month for 36 months with $5,859 due at the time of signing. A finance option of 2.99% APR for 24 months with a monthly contribution of $2,058.37 is also available.
The BMW 330e is a plug-in hybrid offering in the 3 Series lineup. Running on RWD, this is priced at $42,950 whereas the xDrive variant costs $44,950, making it the cheapest hybrid BMW available. The leased offer on the PHEV model stands at $549/month for 36 months with a signing amount of $5,974. It can also be financed for 2.99% APR for 60 months at $832.55/month.
Following the PHEV model is the slightly cheaper BMW 330i sedan, a standard gasoline-only engine. This 330i costs $41,450 and is the base version in the 3 Series lineup, with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system it costs $2,000 extra. BMW offers finance at 2.99% APR for 60 months with a monthly premium payment of $793.93. The car can also be leased for 36 months at $539/month with a signing due of $4,324.
The 330i model added more standard features and also got a digital instrument panel on the interior as standard. The 330i model offers thrilling performance at all times but remains practical and premium at the same time in this segment of cars, making it one of the most sold vehicles alongside the X3. It also offers one of the largest cargo spaces in its class of 17.3 cu-ft. BMW offers the same warranty as on the 330e of 4 years/ 50,000 miles as a limited powertrain warranty.
The BMW X2 is the second cheapest BMW SUV. In its base configuration, the SUV costs $36,600 and the xDrive model is $2,000 more expensive. The SUV can be leased for $505.9/month for 36 months with a signing due of $4,904. The finance deal stands at 2.99% APR for 60 months with a monthly payment of $734.65.
The all-new 230i Coupe takes the third cheapest BMW car in 2022 with a price of $36,350 in its rear-wheel-drive form. It does get all-wheel drive but in the more powerful M240i model. The 230i model can be leased for $479/month for 36 months with a signing payment of $4,999. BMW has a finance deal of 2.99% APR for 60 months with a monthly payment of 705.91 dollars.
The 230i coupe packs fun driving dynamics, efficient performance, and a premium interior in a small package. The 2 Series Coupe is an entry-level enthusiast car from BMW with two doors. It does not have the same exterior styling seen on other BMW cars, offering a unique dynamic to the model. Like other models, this car is also under warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles which is the same for its powertrain warranty as well.
The BMW X1 is the cheapest BMW car on sale and is priced at an MSRP of $35,400. This is $300 lower than the 228i. BMW has a finance deal for the X1 for 60 months at 2.99% APR with a monthly payment of $713.09. It can also be leased for $499/month for 36 months with a signing amount of $4,649. Despite being the cheapest BMW, the X1 does not offer the lowest finance or lease deal on this list. 59ce067264