After months of on-and-off searching for a new car to replace my ten-year-old Mazda Millenia, I've taken the plunge: I bought a certified pre-owned 2004 BMW 325xiT. The 'x' is for all wheel drive and the 'T' means wagon, essentially. Along the way, I considered the Volvo V50, Audi A4 Avant, Infiniti G35x and the BMW X3.
My "new" car, a BMW 325xiT [more pix]
I spent a long time considering several X3s in several trim levels, which, after looking at all the other vehicles, is what I thought I wanted. I wrestled over whether to buy new or pre-owned. Finally, I went so far as to borrow a 2.5 liter X3 for a weekend, which actually led me to my final decision not to get an X3. The 2.5 liter just doesn't make enough power for a vehicle that heavy, and it would "only" do 80mph up one of the big hills on I-70 with just MB and me inside. On top of that, the gas mileage, which I knew wouldn't be great, was abysmal for that trip. As has been written and said many times, the 3.0 liter is the must-have engine in that vehicle, but I didn't want to spend the extra bucks, nor could I live with even worse gas mileage.
So, I loved the utility of the X3, but ruled it out based on cost and gas consumption. That left the 325xiT in the running. Problem is, BMW doesn't import very many of them, and thus low-mile, recent vintage ones are rare on the certified pre-owned market. However, after a few weeks of watching the BMW site, I found one at Co's BMW in Loveland, and made the 60+ mile trip to check it out. Long story short, I bought it, and got what I think was a decent deal (I got the out-the-door price that I'd decided upon that day). I'm looking forward to my first snowy drive to see how the AWD works out.
Posted: Wed Nov 23 09:53:47 -0800 2005