Best used BMWs for less than £10,000
The 6 Series fits its grand tourer role beautifully. It’s wonderfully smooth-riding, slick to drive and comfortably appointed inside. Okay, so luggage space isn’t the best, but that’s its only real flaw, and with prices now down to below the £10,000 mark even for a good 630i petrol model – probably the best all-rounder in the range – it’s now very tempting indeed. Buy with a full history and enjoy; the neighbours will never guess it cost so little.
We found: 2007 630i Sport, 90,000 miles, £8495
While it lacks the sporting intent of some of the most exciting sports cars, the Z4 is nevertheless enjoyable to drive, and blends that with a delightful interior, a decent amount of space, great looks and a folding hard-top roof that makes it usefully weatherproof. For £10,000, you can now buy an early six-cylinder-engined petrol model (badged 23i or 30i) with average mileage and history from a private seller, which sounds like a great deal to us.
We found: 2009 30i sDrive, 76,000 miles, £9999
The fourth-generation 3 Series has the best of all the attributes that have made the model such a huge success. Stick to SE trim and it’s comfortable, fun to drive, classy inside and spacious, while the huge choice of engines means you can pick your blend of performance and fuel economy. Petrol versions tend to have a better reputation for reliability than the diesels, and aren’t all that thirsty, so we’d choose one of those.
We found: 2011 318i Exclusive, 43,000 miles, £9995
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