Owning a second hand BMW Car

BMW is one of the most trusted brands in the automotive industry. And it is but natural that people with rising income level will dream of owning one because of its advanced features in both safety and comfort segment. However, the prohibitive cost of a BMW car keeps it out of the reach of majority of Indians. However, there are few ways by which you can own a premium BMW car fitting your budget. These options include going for second hand cars or leasing them for your use. While leasing is an expensive proposition in the long term without getting the outright ownership of the car, the second hand car market remains the more attractive proposition among the two. It is however advisable that due diligence should be done before putting your hard earned money to buy a second hand model. These include following steps –


Opting for the company approved second hand cars that will give you a guarantee from the company about the quality of the car.


Doing a thorough check of the car you are going to buy. If you are not an expert, we recommend you to take someone with you who is familiar with the workings of a car so as to get information about the true condition of the car.


Check the documents of the car and look whether there is any legal matter pending against the car (like being involved in any accident).


There are multiple models of BMW that are available in the used car market. The average price and features of these cars are given below for your ready reference:


1). BMW 1 Series: This smooth looking car is a big-sized hatchback available for a price tag of Rs. 19,50,000. It is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, with 4-cylinders. This power mill also has a twinpower turbocharger that increases its maximum power considerably. This 1995cc motor is fed by a common rail fuel injection technology, which allows it to reach its maximum power output of 148bhp at 4000rpm resulting in a peak torque of 320Nm in the range of 1500 to 3000rpm. This power generated by this motor is transmitted to the rear wheels of this car by an 8-speed steptronic automatic gearbox. It has a maximum speed of 212Kmph and can zoom from 0 to 100Kmph in just 8.1 seconds. It gives a mileage of 23.36Kmpl, which is very good for such a high powered car.


2). BMW 3 Series: This is a cool looking sedan the price of which starts from around Rs. 14-15 lakhs in the second hand car market. It has a powerful 2.0-litre power mill, under its hood, that can produce a maximum power of 190bhp and a peak level torque of 400Nm. This 1995cc engine is attached with an 8-speed automatic gearbox that allows this car to reach its top speed of 235Kmph and can zoom from standstill to 100Kmph in just 7.2 seconds. It gives a decent mileage of around 18.88kmpl.


3). BMW 5 Series: This elegant looking sedan from BMW is very popular in the second hand car market because of its amazing comfort features, top-of-the-line safety elements and overall look. Its price in the second hand car market starts from Rs. 25,50,000 and is available in three variants. The two base variants - Prestige Plus and Luxury Line - are powered by a 2.0-litre, twinpower turbo diesel engine with 1995cc of displacement capacity. The engine has four cylinders with four valves for each cylinders using DOHC valve configuration. For power, the engine uses common rail based direct injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. This powertrain can produce a maximum power of 190bhp at 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 400Nm between 1750rpm to 2500rpm.


The engine is attached to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission gear box. The top trim of this car is equipped with a 3.0-litre 2993cc displacement capacity engine. It has six cylinders and can generate a peak power of 258bhp at 4000rpm and a top level torque of 540Nm between 1500rpm to 3000rpm. It is also attached to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission gearbox.


4). BMW 6 series: This top-of-the-line coupe is available for a price tag starting from Rs. 35,00,000. This expensive car is run by a 3.0-litre power mill with 2993cc of displacement capacity fed by common rail direct fuel injection technology. To get the maximum power, the engine also features a multi-stage turbo charging unit with variable turbine geometry. It can yield a peak power of 313bhp @4400rpm and a crushing torque output of 630Nm between 1500rpm to 2500rpm. It is intelligently mated to an 8-speed steptronic sport automatic transmission gearbox. It has a top speed of 250 Kmph and can break the 0 to 100Kmph barrier in just 5.6 seconds.


5). BMW 7 Series: As far as premium saloon car goes; BMW 7-series is in the top bracket. The lowest second hand price of this fabulous looking car is Rs. 34,00,000. The 7-series is available in both petrol and diesel variants, where the petrol variant is powered by a 4.4-litre TwinPower turbo V8 motor, producing a top level power of 450bhp between 5500-6000rpm and a commanding torque of 650Nm in the range of 1800-4500rpm. The petrol engine is attached to an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox that allows it to breach the 100kmph barrier in just 4.2 seconds and give an average mileage of 12.05kmpl.


The diesel variant, on the other hand, is equipped with a 3.0-litre powertrain. It has 6-cylinder and come with a twin-power turbocharger. Attached with an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox, it can produce a maximum power of 265bhp at 4000rpm with a crushing torque of 620Nm between 1500-2500rpm. The 7-series with a maximum speed of 250Kmph can accelerate from 0-100Kmph in just 6.2 seconds.


6). BMW X1: This amazing looking hatchback equipped with the best safety and comfort features is a very comfortable ride and is available in the second hand market for a price starting from Rs. 14.5 lakhs. It has a powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine that comprises of four cylinders and 16 valves. The total displacement capacity of this engine is 1995cc and is attached to an 8-speed steptronic automatic sport transmission gearbox, which transmit power to all the wheels of this hatchback. It can squeeze out a maximum power of 190bhp at 4000 rpm coupled with a hammering torque of 400Nm in a range of  1750-2500rpm that allows it to gain a maximum speed of 219 Kmph and can zoom from 0-100Kmph in mere 7.8 seconds.


7). BMW X3: If you are interested in premium SUV, the BMW X3 will fit the bill nicely and is available for a low price of Rs. 24,00,000 in the second hand car market. This big sized SUV is available in two different engine configurations. BMW has provided the low and the mid category trims with a 2-litre diesel engine that comes with four cylinders with four valves each. This powertrain has a maximum displacement capacity of 1995cc and fuel is supplied to with a direct injection fuel supply system. This powermill is integrated with a turbocharger that allows it to produce a maximum power of 190bhp @4000rpm that results in a peak level torque of  400 Nm between 1750-2750 rpm. The top end trim, on the other hand, has a more powerful 3.0-litre diesel engine that has six cylinders with four valve each, which gives it a displacement limit of 2993cc. This powermill can yield a power of  258 bhp @4000rpm that allows it to generate a hammering torque of  560 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm. Both the engines are skillfully mated with an 8-speed Sport automatic transmission gearbox. The maximum speed of the low and mid range variants with their 2.0-litre engine is 210Kmph and they can breach the 0-100 Kmph barrier in just 8.1 seconds. The upper trim blessed with a more powerful 3.0-litre engine can drive at a maximum speed of 230 kmph and can zoom from standstill to 100 kmph in just 5.9 seconds. Comparing the efficiency of the two engines, we find that the 2.0-litre diesel engine can run the massive SUV for 18.56Kms in one litre of diesel, whereas, the more powerful 3.0-litre engine can only push it up to 16.55kms on a litre of diesel.


8). BMW X5:  If you are looking for a powerful second hand SUV with world class safety standards, then BMW X5 will be the perfect choice for you. This seven seater from the stable of BMW has a muscular look and can be yours for a price tag of Rs. 11 lakhs. It has an all-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel powertrain that can displace 2993cc of fuel mixture and is intelligently mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox can generate a maximum power of 258 bhp at 4000rpm that results in a massive torque of 560 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm. The top speed of this car is 230Kmph and it can break the 0-100 Kmph barrier in just 6.9 seconds. The mileage of this car is around 15.97Kmpl. This all-terrain vehicle is equally good on city road as well on off the road conditions.


To buy pre-owned BMW cars, you also have the option of availing easy financial package from BMW. We urge you to compare the options both financial as well as models of BMW cars available in the market to get the best possible deal.

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