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bmw f30 red1 How To Finance Your Next BMW Purchase

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When it comes to buying a BMW, you get what you pay for. The German manufacturer is renowned for producing high-quality, executive cars. BMW are synonymous with style, performance, and refinement. Naturally, that comes with a price tag. For those on a tight budget, a BMW is often out of budget. But, don’t worry just yet. There are plenty of options out there to help you finance your dream car. Today, we’ll run through some of the best routes.

First, it’s worth considering a secondhand model, especially if it’s your first BMW. Remember, BMW produce extremely reliable, quality cars. They’re built to last for a decade on sensible driving. That means a three year old model will still produce years of reliable driving. There’s no downside to buying a used car, and it might just bring your dream car into a realistic budget. There are now more used cars on sale than ever before, so you choice is wide and varied. So, how do you pay for it?

Cash

Paying up front with cash is the best way to finance any car purchase. You’ll avoid any monthly payments and cut out the increasing interest rates of a loan. When you pay by cash, you also put yourself in a better bargaining position. You can negotiate a better deal on the BMW and shave a little off the price tag. Of course, not everyone is in the position to buy a Beemer outright. However, we do suggest saving the biggest possible deposit. The smaller the loan you take out, the better.

Bank loan

If you can’t afford the full payment (let’s face it, how many of us realistically can?) then you should turn to your bank. They’ll often provide the most flexible loan with the best interest rates. More importantly, it means you can buy the car outright, and your loan isn’t tied to the car itself. Of course, you must make sure that the loan isn’t tied to your house or any other valuable asset. It’s also worth shopping around to find the best interest rates.

Lease

Leasing is a complete alternative to buying your BMW. Leasing is more like a long-term car hire. You’ll pay the lease company to use the car for up to three years. There will be a deposit to pay and regular monthly payments. However, these often work out cheaper than the cost of paying a full loan. With that in mind, many leasers find they can afford a better model; perfect if you want the brand new BMW!

Finance plan

Finally, you can enter into a finance plan with the car dealers themselves. Most major dealerships like www.motorlinedirect.co.uk offer a variety of finance plans. They include the Hire Purchase (HP) plan and the Personal Contract Plan. Both require a deposit and monthly payments. The only difference to a regular loan is that you don’t own the car outright until you make the full repayment.

Your dream BMW isn’t necessarily out of reach! Follow these financial tips and you’ll find your dream car in a budget you can afford.

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Filed under: Hybrid, Sedan, Performance, Technology, BMW, Electric, Luxury

2192P90169259 BMW planning plug in hybrid versions of core models

To the casual observer, there’s a sort of schism in the world of fuel sipping. The Japanese, Koreans and Americans have embraced electrification by way of hybrid powertrains, while our German friends lean towards diesel technology. BMW is actively pushing to change that impression, as it’s announced that it will take a break from niche-busting MPVs and lifted, four-door coupes to produce plug-in hybrid versions of some of its “core-brand” models.

This charge will be led by a 3 Series eDrive, whose innards are shown above, with BMW fitting a version of its turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor to its popular sedan. This, it should be noted, is quite a departure from the ActiveHybrid 3, which relies on a thirstier 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder. More specific details, such as the total system output, the electric range of the plug-in system or the amount of time it will take to charge, aren’t yet available. BMW has, however, said the eDrive 3’s systems are “directly based” on those used in the i3 and i8, and that includes larger components, like the lithium-ion battery and electric motor.

“All BMW Group models benefit from BMW i. The fundamental technology involved in battery cells, electric motors and the power electronics will be used in our upcoming plug-in hybrid models,” said BMW board member Herbert Diess. “When it comes to the electrification of the drivetrain, we are deliberately developing a wide-ranging expertise in order to offer our customers worldwide the ideal solution.”

BMW will unveil a prototype of the 3 Series eDrive in Miramas, France, although it’s not clear when either it, or the X5 eDrive the company mentioned in its attached press release, will arrive to market.

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Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, Coupe, Performance, BMW

de84bmw20m420concept20monterey20628 BMW M4 to debut in Detroit, lose manual transmission

BMW took the wraps off its M4 Concept at Pebble Beach last weekend, and many speculated that the highly anticipated production version of the sleek new two-door sports coupe would debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. But a well-placed source tells BMW Top News that the E92 M3’s successor won’t arrive in Southern California this November. Instead, the German automaker will wait until the Detroit Auto Show in January for its first official reveal.

An all-new 3.0-liter inline-six with twin turbochargers is expected under the hood, and it should provide about the same horsepower as the current 4.0-liter V8 (rated at 414 horsepower), but with much more torque that arrives lower on the tachometer. The lightweight engine is said to have an impressively high redline, which is unusual for a turbocharged engine.

Unfortunately, Save the Manuals members aren’t going to like this next bit of news. After four generations of three-pedal M3 models, our source says the upcoming F82 M4 will arrive with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) as standard equipment – with no manual option – just like the latest iteration of the track-ready Porsche GT3 (few have complained about the automaker’s PDK after driving the latest sports car from Stuttgart). In exchange for some moans, groans and gripes from enthusiasts, BMW’s DCT mounted aft of the M4’s inline-six will provide quicker acceleration and improved fuel economy.

BMW M4 to debut in Detroit, lose manual transmission originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Sedan, Performance, BMW, Diesel

ed9701 alpina b3 biturbo geneva Alpina D3 may be coming to Frankfurt with 350 hp, AWD

Rumors are swirling that Alpina, the tuning house that specializes in all things BMW, will followup its Geneva debut of the B3 Bi-Turbo with an oil-burning variant slated for debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The news comes from Auto Zeitung, which reports that the second-generation D3 will be based off the Europe-only 335d.

This is a departure from the last D3, which had the four-cylinder turbo-diesel from the BMW 123d in a 3 Series body. The new model is expected to use a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-six, which will generate 350 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That should scoot it to 62 miles per hour in under five seconds (likely while towing a tree stump). Both rear- and all-wheel drive should be available on the D3, and we imagine the thrill of this much power channeled through just the two rear wheels to be akin to skydiving sans parachute.

For our European friends that want an Alpina D3, but don’t need more torque than any American full-size pickup, there may be plans to offer a four-cylinder variant that still delivers Alpina performance without a compromise in economy. We’ll have more on the Alpina D3 when it debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Alpina D3 may be coming to Frankfurt with 350 hp, AWD originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Sedan, Wagon, BMW, Diesel, Luxury

211501 2014 bmw 328d new york 1375301902 2014 BMW 328d rated at 32/45 mpg

BMW still hasn’t released official fuel economy numbers for its diesel-powered 2014 328d, but now, those mileage ratings have been posted on the EPA’s FuelEconomy.gov website. As expected, the 328d is quite an efficient little machine, with the rear-wheel-drive sedan good for 32 miles per gallon in the city and 45 mpg highway. That even bests the 30/42 mpg of the smaller Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

The last time BMW offered a diesel 3 Series in our market, it was the six-cylinder 335d, which – while mighty quick and excellent to drive – was only offered as a rear-wheel-drive sedan and was rated at 23 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. For 2014, BMW will offer the 328d with optional xDrive all-wheel drive, though that reduces the fuel economy numbers to 31/43 mpg. Beyond that, the BMW will even sell you a 328d xDrive wagon, which nets the same 31/43 mpg rating, according to FuelEconomy.gov.

Look for the 2014 BMW 328d to hit dealerships this fall, and when it launches, it will be the only diesel offering in its class (until the next Mercedes-Benz C-Class arrives, anyway). Lexus and Infiniti will offer hybrid versions of the IS and Q50, respectively, but we’ve always had a taste for torque, and the 328d’s 2.0-liter engine with 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of twist shouldn’t disappoint.

2014 BMW 328d rated at 32/45 mpg originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Coupe, Performance, BMW, New Car Reviews, Luxury

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32b603 2013 bmw m3 lre review 2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition

I like difficult cars. I like turbo “moments,” dramatic weight distribution, low-grip, peaky power delivery, and overly quick steering, along with ultra-short wheelbases and any number of other non-racecar-perfect dynamic foibles. I love the newest generation of BMW cars and engines – all turbo’d up with tons of torque and power everywhere in the rev range, too. But what I think the enthusiast community will miss when this 2013 M3 Coupe becomes the 2014 M4 Coupe – replacing its idiosyncratic, small-displacement, revvy V8 for something like a triple-turbo, directly injected, inline six-cylinder powerhouse in the process – is the work it takes to drive the car fast and perfectly. Sometimes small flaws just make things better; my mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun, and all that.

The idea of this E92 M3 going away then, magnified by the loss of the M3 badge for the coupe, is at best bittersweet for me. This generation of M car is already surpassed in terms of raw thrills by the better-than-ever Mercedes-Benz C63, a car that doesn’t ask its driver to sacrifice low-end grunt or the very latest in amenities in return for stellar backroad performance. Yet any time I’ve been lucky enough to lap a track in the M3, it has quickly become clear that the Bimmer is the better on-edge tool. With the freedom to wring the neck of the 4.0-liter V8 and room to exercise the lovely balance of the car, the E92 is hard to match (even six years after its debut).

Still, when the 2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition rolled into my driveway, its Fire Orange bodywork flashing over gloss-black 19-inch rolling stock, the car had me a little crossed up. BMW has been tossing out special edition M3s for the last few years now, all asking thousands of dollars extra for the limited production-run vehicles. I knew that the LRP was more than a mere trim and tape package, but would it be an appropriate send off for a spectacularly departing sports car legend, or just $10,000 down the drain where a stock M3 Coupe would have happily sufficed?

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2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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