Is a BMW the Best Car You Can Buy?

Updated on March 20, 2016

I’ve been in the motor trade for almost forty years now (ed: no you haven't) and I have to say the BMW is a fantastic motor car.

She’s a beauty is an overused expression, but when applied to a Beamer it is very appropriate.

From the moment you see a BMW you’ll know that here is a luxury automobile, a real driver’s car.

Inside will be a man or woman of taste, refinement and a need to drive the very best car available on the roads today.

You can keep your Mercedes or Audi cars, and all the Japanese imitations – the BMW is at the top end of desirable motors. Own a BMW and you are part of a select breed of motorist – a man who does not compromise on quality and sheer driving enjoyment.

In scientific surveys the BMW comes out head and shoulders above the other so-called luxury cars.
In scientific surveys the BMW comes out head and shoulders above the other so-called luxury cars.

Prius or BMW?

The Prius is driven by sandal-wearing tree-huggers. Nuff said.

Brief History of BMW

BMW or Bavarian Motor Works was founded in Germany in 1916 originally making aircraft. They started making motorcycles in the early 1920’s (and they are fabulous too), and finally cars in about 1928.

They have been creating beautifully engineered cars ever since, and gone through the usual business tie ups that major car manufacturers do from time to time, but without ever sacrificing what makes them a cut above the others.

BMW also make Mini’s and own Rolls-Royce – but I wouldn’t swap a Beemer for either of those.

That's enough history - ed:

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Say What You Like About The Germans

Say what you like but they do know how to make a damn fine motor car.

Attention to detail, hard work and that single-minded determination to be the very best.

ed: You can't say what you like.

BMW. It's not a Volkswagen.

— Mark Ewbie

What’s so special about a BMW?

If you have to ask then you haven’t driven one.

Sure they look good, expensive even, and you can appreciate the superb workmanship outside and in.

But once you enter the car and hear the clunk of the door behind, settle into the ergonomically designed heated leather seats (optional) and start her up – now you might get the idea.

Engage a gear, doesn’t matter which – great pulling power for most models – and head out onto the road, or test track as we BMW drivers like to think of it.

Feel that smooth engine do its work, listen to the quiet inside (unless you have the Blaupunkt Maxo Knob stereo turned up) and surge forward in a hiss of ozone destroying gases.

God drives a BMW, probably.
God drives a BMW, probably.

You’re King of the Road in a BMW

The BMW is instantly recognisable from the kidney shaped grille on the front plus badges, and the badges on the back. Every other driver on the road knows what that means – power, money and a certain get out of my way attitude that comes from ownership.

With the acquisition of this fine motor car comes a knowledge that you are now a member of the BMW drivers club – a select group of people to whom normal road courtesies no longer apply.

And why should they?

Courtesy is for cheaper cars – after you, no please after you – well not in the Beemer.

Get out of my way, and get out of my way now is the BMW driver’s motto. The car is expressly designed to whisk you from A to B, without bothering about whether C and D happen to be out for a Sunday cruise.

Pedestrians, cyclists, mothers with prams, other road users in their little runabouts – they all make way for the Bavarian Super Car which is heading rapidly towards them. These cars are not made to hang about in the slow lane – they are the driver’s car for driving hard – so watch out!

Can't Afford a Beamer?

Winners CAN afford a BMW.

I Can’t Afford A BMW

Really? You mean you want to stay a loser all your life? Give up on ambition, enjoyment, the things that make us what we are?

Everyone can afford a BMW. Sure, maybe not a brand new one, but these babies go on forever. You can buy a really good looking BMW for much less than you think and if you want extra prestige just slap a personalised plate on it.

Very few will know how old it really is and you have yourself a top class driving machine for less than the cost of some poxy little Fiat runabout or similar.

Or there’s any number of finance and credit deals available of course, and if you end in a spot of hassle with your local loan shark – just drive round there in your car, they’ll soon shut up. A BMW inspires confidence in you and instils terror in them. Remember that when you get one. You’re the daddy now.

Ideal for Kerb Crawling

The BMW low emissions and gearing make this car ideal for a slow drive through the red light tourist spots.

The badge says "Here is a man with money" and is guaranteed to get you some attention. I have tried cruising these areas in a Fiat 500 and there is a noticeable difference in attitude towards you.

Set the Sat-nav to the "circle for a while" setting and listen to some cool sounds while you sample the pavement delights.

BMW. For the man who wants a little bit extra in life.

Cruise in style with a luxury babe magnet that says "I can afford a little extra love tonight"
Cruise in style with a luxury babe magnet that says "I can afford a little extra love tonight"

What’s Your Angle on This?

I have no particular angle; this is purely objective analysis on my part. Sure, I run a BMW dealers but that has nothing to do with any recommendation I might make.

If I thought the poxy Fiat was better then I would say so. I am not the sort of car dealer who says their car is better just because that’s their business and they need to make a few quid. One thing the BMW badge means to me is honesty – it is what it is and I am what I am.

In any case, I am sure you are not the sort of schmuck that would take anybody's word for it.

Get out there. Find a BMW. Take her for a test drive. You won’t be asking any more questions.

Why? Because you’ll know the answer. She’s the best car you can buy.

Table of BMW Cars

Series Number
Details
One
One heck of a motor car
Three
One, twice, three times a lady.
Four
For he's a jolly good fellow
Seven
The Magnificent Seven
Need to know more? Take a test drive and buy one. ed: You're fired.

Car Dealer’s Joke

How many car dealers does it take to change a light bulb?

Let me run the figures through a calculator and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

From BMW Marketing

The author of this article Mark Ewbie is no longer employed by us.

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      Sam 

      4 months ago

      I love the design and craftsmanship of the car, both in and out. I love that it stands out with style yet doesn't look like 98% of the cookie cutter cars i see every day.

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      rick dagger 

      15 months ago

      I bought a new BMW E92 back in 07 . I was really just trying to fit in with the BMW crowd , I had no experience with BMW in the past an thought it was just an expensive car ,

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      WolderWolf 

      18 months ago

      This is too great!!Hey, does anyone know the BMW i8?If you do,It is awesome!

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      Andrew 

      2 years ago

      i've driven lots of cars(i own BMW) and when i sit in bmw and drive it it feels so much better than any other car,it feels sooo better i cant explain the feeling im getting everytime i get into my car and drive it,which i cant say about any other name. bmw is so much than just a car.BMW TID!

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      Love my bimmer to death !!! 

      3 years ago

      Love my bimmer to death..!!!!!

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      Bk broiler 

      4 years ago

      I have a '90 325i, '03 330i, 04' M3, '06 328xi, and a '08 X5.... I made a poor decision with a recent purchase of an Audi S4, yeah it has a nice design, but it sucks! So I took it back, test drove a S5... Same BS. Audi needs to learn a thing or 2 about suspension! Needless to say, I'm a proud owner of a 550i w/ M-Sport package... LOVE IT!!!

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      Lindsay 

      4 years ago

      I just got one 2014 3 series xDrive I lease it for 3 yrs after that I will upgrade 39000 with a few option . Fantastic car

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      adi 

      4 years ago

      have a 320d 60 plate wanted a ford mondeo 163 tdci 61 62 plate no contest drove many mondeo s still not covinced wife decided she fancied a 3 series never even thought of buying one untill drove one or two got a two year old put vernstein winter tyres on i think thats how you spell it transformed no problem in snow or ice will leave them on all year see about wear rates happy days

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      bella 

      4 years ago

      i actually think bmw is better

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      hmm 

      6 years ago

      audi is beating bmw frequently in the last 2 or 3 years in many of the categories. M3 is all that's left at the top for now.

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      Mark Ewbie 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hugs to you too vnustham. And Marty - yeah we'll get there... on day.

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      vnustham 

      7 years ago from Thailand

      great hug. thanks for your share.

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      Martyv25 

      7 years ago

      Great Hub would love a BMW, will get around to it eventually.

    • Mark Ewbie profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Ewbie 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hi Evvy, I don't know what a Cobalt is, but if you love it that's fine. In fact, that's much better than wanting that which you don't have. It was easy for me to write because I'd quite like a BMW.

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      evvy_09 

      7 years ago from Athens, AL

      Too bad Amazon doesn't sell BMW's because I think you'd be able to sell one. Makes me wish I had one but for now I'm just one of the losers who loves her Cobalt :)

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      Tony Lawrence 

      7 years ago from SE MA

      You shouldn't be impressed. I haven't seen him in thirty years, and the one thing I and all of his friends agreed on is that we would never be surprised if he ended up in jail; not for something petty, but for something grand, like embezzling a few hundred million, give or take. He was (is?) that kind of person. I'm quite sure those Rolls figured into one of his schemes..

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      Mark Ewbie 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Pcunix - I believe lots of people have that attitude towards their chosen brand, once hooked... hold on.. you said a friend with a Rolls Royce.. wow, impressed.

      @Case - thanks, you think I can do the sales thing? Well, here's hoping...

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      CASE1WORKER 

      7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      mark i wonder if you have found yur niche as a writer- jolly good hub though i feel it is the first of many as you could detail each shiny model !

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      Tony Lawrence 

      7 years ago from SE MA

      Quite seriously, a friend of mine had the same attitude toward Rolls. He was even willing to have them shipped from England when he needed a new (used) one.

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