• WHY NOT A 4 SERIES? / #BMW-4-Series Series / #BMW-4-Series-F36 / #BMW-F36

    I’m a regular reader of this magazine and am writing out of curiosity about Bob Harper’s farewell notes in the May issue, plus the very interesting report on p104 of the same edition, about bargain buys.

    I bought my first #BMW way back in the 1970s, and am currently on my 15th! I’m the proud owner of a 2008, Imola red, E60 530d M Sport auto, with under 38,000 genuine miles since new. However, recently I’ve been looking at a secondhand #BMW-4-Series-Gran-Tourer-xDrive-M-Sport-Auto as a possible replacement.

    But this decision has been placed in some doubt following your advice to avoid the 4 Series, that was included in the May issue. Could you explain your thinking behind this, as your views have certainly got me puzzled?

    For the record, my previous cars have included a 3.0 SA, three 528iAs, three 735iAs, three 635iAs, a 535ia, a 328ia and an E39 535iA.

    I value your opinions, and enjoy the fact that the magazine is always ‘up front’ about the cars tested, as well as those run by the staff.
    • Many thanks for your enquiry, Bill. It’s always good to hear from long-term readers and to know that people are paying attention to what we print! WiMany thanks for your enquiry, Bill. It’s always good to hear from long-term readers and to know that people are paying attention to what we print!

      With regard to my ‘avoid the 4 Series’ remark, I should explain that it was made in reference to the current market, and wasn’t meant as a reflection on the model range itself. So let me put the record straight; the 4 Series is a cracking car!

      As a consequence, demand within the used market is currently very strong and so bargains are few and far between. This means that attractive deals are very hard to negotiate, which is the only reason why I suggested it wasn’t a good time to buy.
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    • There’s no reason to avoid the 4 Series; the Gran Coupé would make an excellent secondhand buy.