I couldn't resist discounted price of 12 cents on dollar compared to new price for 12 yr. old BMW in almost perfect condition in/out, & only 106K miles on clock. Yes, gas is a downside with avg. of 16/22, but car makes you grin every time you drive. Handles like a dream, lane changes at speed are a trip!!! I do my own work on it, manual and multimeter in hand. Wish I had small hands, only minimal space under bonnet. Devil of time tracking cooling leak (hole in the coolant resevoir); A/C went 1 year after purchase; torque conv. crashed after 3 years, otherwise very few problems. Aftermarket parts abound with research, but still PRICEY. Styling is timeless. Luxury and POWER!!
A favorite feature must be the handling. For a big heavy car, it drives and moves like a much smaller sports car. The huge back seat area is perfect for passenger comfort. The powerful V-12 is still the very best feature. Put your foot into it and everyone else is in your rearview mirrow.
More access to technical data. BMW restricts data from everyone, except Bentley Publishing, so you are forced to take car to them for repair, find a specialist in BMWs, or do the work yourself. Other foreign MFGR's moving in this direction, too, which a shame for those of us who like DIY.