Buying a BMW? Buy now or spend more in 2009

First gas prices skyrocket and average Americans need to pinch pennies and forgo driving to save money. Now, even the rich (and wannabe-rich) are hurting. BMW has announced price increases across the board for the 2009 model year. So if you’re looking at getting a shiny new Bimmer with that fat bank loan, you might want to pick up a 2008 model and save anywhere from 1%-3%, depending on the model.

And what makes this worse is that most BMWs, except for the 3 series, remain the exact same in 2009 as they were in 2008. That means you’re simply paying more for the same car just because it has a ‘9’ in the model year instead of an ‘8’.

2009 BMW Base Prices:

Base MSRP pricing does not include $825 destination:

1 Series

2009 128i Convertible $33,800
2009 135i Convertible $39,900
2009 128i Coupe $29,200
2009 135i Coupe $35,600

3 Series

2009 328i Coupe $36,300
2009 328xi Coupe $38,100
2009 335i Coupe $42,000
2009 335xi Coupe $43,800
2009 M3 Coupe $57,500
2009 328i Sedan $33,400
2009 328xi Sedan $35,300
2009 335i Sedan $40,100
2009 335xi Sedan $42,000
2009 M3 Sedan $54,500
2009 328i Sports Wagon $35,200
2009 328xi Sports Wagon $37,100
2009 328i Convertible $44,300
2009 335i Convertible $50,400
2009 M3 Convertible $66,150

5 Series

2009 535xi Sports Wagon $55,400
2009 528i Sedan $45,500
2009 528xi Sedan $47,700
2009 535i Sedan $50,800
2009 535xi Sedan $53,000
2009 550i Sedan $60,000
2009 M5 Sedan $85,100

6 Series

2009 650i Convertible $84,800
2009 M6 Convertible $107,500
2009 650i Coupe $77,700
2009 M6 Coupe $101,700

X3, X5, X6 SUVs

2009 X3 xDrive30i $39,400
2009 X5 xDrive30i $47,100
2009 X5 xDrive48i $55,800
2009 X6 xDrive35i $55,500
2009 X6 xDrive50i $66,200

Buying that X6 SUV is looking dumber and dumber right now. But that’s only my personal opinion.

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