After much deliberation, I took delivery of a gently used 2009 BMW 328i a couple of days ago.
Like many BMW owners, I bought it for its driving dynamics.
The reviews from every publication are glowing, and there's good reason.
You get the feeling that every single tactile element in the car has been calibrated for your enjoyment.
The driving position, the seats, the contours of the steering wheel, the linear and predictable responses, the hefty brakes, and the buttery smooth engine all make for an inimitable driving experience.
If you're in the market for a visceral ride but need to be practical, look no further.
I've driven an S2000 and an Aston Martin and the 328 still feels magical.
The chassis is unflappable (the car makes you feel like a much better driver than you are), the interior is built beautifully, the base stereo is excellent, the bi-xenons can burn trees to the ground, and the sport package's seats/steering wheel/suspension are well designed.
Replace the run-flats with conventional tires and a spare - they're too expensive to replace, and the road hazard program is pricey.
Also, you need a proprietary BMW cable to run your IPod.
Please design this system to work with the standard cable supplied with the mp3 player.
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