German diesel cars have been getting a lot of press lately. Unfortunately, it has been for shady goings-on by VW to meet emissions requirements. If you do a little looking around, however, you can find a diesel from Deutschland that might make you change your opinion about the oily stuff for the better. Find this 2009 BMW 335d for sale in Roseville, MN for $13,990 via craigslist.
You may be thinking: Great. Here is another example of a perfectly fine performance car ruined by the insertion of a crummy diesel lump in order to post up high MPG figures. You'd only be partly correct with this assumption, however. Yes, this BMW has great performance in gasoline trim and yes, it does get 23MPG in the city and 36MPG on the highway, but the the story does not end there.
Pull up next to this car at a stop light and the above picture is the view of this car you just might be getting after the light turns green. Why? The 2009 BMW 335d has a turbocharged inline-6 with 265 HP and a big-block-like 425 lb/ft of torque. The result is a 0-60 time in the mid-five second range. It seems that while most other diesel car makers were working on putting tiny mills in tiny cars to eek out every last mile-per-gallon, BMW had other ideas. As it turns out, a heavy-oil powered car can be made to run like a champion and still deliver stellar fuel economy.
You should expect to get a vehicle that has BMW fit and finish, handling and luxury with this example. Also, look to find a car that has the longevity advantages that come with an over-built diesel mill. Now that this 335d is seven years old, you can pick it up for a fraction of sticker and a lot of life left. Taken together, these qualities add up to a bargain for those of us in the market for a great used car.
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