8 Cheap Cars the Filthy Rich Love to Drive

When it comes to their cars, the wealthiest Americans are cheapskates

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8 Cheap Cars the Filthy Rich Love to Drive

2012 bmw 3 series sedan 328i 8 Cheap Cars the Filthy Rich Love to Drive

#1: BMW 328

  • Average price: $35,146
  • Type: Small car
  • Total sold 2012: 54,415

The BMW 3 Series is the German car manufacturer’s best-selling car in the United States. Of the 147,801 vehicles BMW sold in the U.S. in the first seven months, 54,415 were 3 Series. With the exception of the 1 Series, which sells very few units, the 3 Series is BMW’s cheapest model. The base 328 comes with a four-cylinder 240 HP engine that gets 33 MPG for highway driving — unusually good for a car with such high horsepower. This base model comes with rear-wheel drive. Further up the 3 Series line are versions with all-wheel drive and larger engines. The top of the line is built by BMW’s “M” racing division. The M3 coupe has a 414 HP V8 engine and a base price of $60,100. That does not include the $1,300 gas guzzler tax. In New Vernon, N.J., this car is the second most popular, and it ranks fourth in Ross and Century City, Calif., as well as Manhattan.

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