As a kid growing up in Michigan back in the 1980s, my vision of future success was a house in California with a palm tree in the front yard, a swimming pool in the back yard, a couple of kids running around, and a new BMW 3 Series parked in the driveway.
Fast-forward 30 years, and I’m writing this review of the 2014 BMW 320i from my house near Los Angeles, which has a towering palm throwing shade on the front grass, a swimming pool in the back, and a couple of kids running around in 80-degree winter heat, almost certainly doing something they ought not be. And while I fell in love with Miatas along my path from Detroit to L.A., as 2013 closes out and we ring in the New Year, an Alpine White 320i sits in the driveway. Life is good.
Of course, other than the children, I know better than to think any of these things really matters in terms of happiness or success. Nevertheless, they are appealing accouterments to a life spent, thus far, pursuing passion, and while the BMW isn’t my own, I sure do recommend it to my fellow car enthusiasts. A 320i might not be the most powerful 3 Series, but at $33,675, it is a genuine German sport sedan bargain.
You’ll notice that I did not call it a luxury sports sedan. That’s because it isn’t one. Not this stripped-down example, anyway.