2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Advancing age caused me to decide to replace 2 existing Bimmers in my ownership with a single car. The one car was a Z4M with 6 sp. manual, the other was a 335i sedan used as a daily driver. I was finding entry and egress from the "M" becoming more difficult, was tiring of shifting gears myself, and frankly was getting apprehensive of driving such a small car on todays' roads full of distracted SUV drivers. Still, I wanted to retain a convertible and something sportier than a 335i sedan. The 335is fills the bill. It slots nicely between the stock 335i and the M3. The "is" sports a 320hp, twin turbo engine mated to 7 speed double clutch automatic. It sits on 19" tires and a sport suspension. They were only sold in N.A. for 3 years between 2011 and 2013 in coupe and folding hardtop models and thus have some exclusivity.
2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
No other 4 door sedan has ever offered the blend of performance, comfort, fuel economy, and driving enjoyment that this car does. 36MPG, 425 lb-ft of torque, a 550 mile range, comfort, handling, etc. It really does have it all. The question you have to ask yourself is, do I feel comfortable turning a wrench from time to time? Is this car reliable? No. No it's not. Get yourself a good code reader, spend time on message boards learning about the car and you can manage most repairs on your own if you are a decent backyard mechanic. If you keep up with the maintenance it will reward you with a sort of relaxed confidence that only an engine like that inline 6 torque monster can provide. You don't need to rev it out. By 1800 rpms it's at a full boil and the asphalt starts to ripple as the mountain of torque is released. No fanfare, no screaming engine, just a light rumble and off you go. Its comfortable enough to drive all day and has the fuel economy to drive from Philadelphia to Boston AND BACK on a single tank. Seats 4 adults comfortably. Headlights that light up a stadium, a stereo that has a rich full sound. I mean it really does have everything. Don't say I didn't warn you about the reliability . One more thing.. .once you get to about 150k miles or so, the particulate filter will reach the end of its life. The dealer will want 3000 dollars to replace it. There are other options if you look into it a little.
2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
I looked around for a while. Found this one that was well maintained with excellent service history. The car is a blast to drive and pretty quick for stock! Ride is alot stiffer but it's also alot smoother than my previous car. Long road trips are alot easier cause the sport seats are that comfy!! Only downside is the charge pipe did break (a common issue) but it was mainly do to me having a little too much fun. Would highly recommend the n55 335i to anyone if they can afford it!