It is a really cute car that handles great. If you are lucky enough to find one with a stick shift - all the better.
In 2011 and 2012, they still had naturally aspirated six cylinder engines rather than turbocharged four cylinders, and that is a plus in my book.
However, for the past couple of decades, ownership of older BMWs has been the exclusive domain of people with garages stocked with tools and some mechanical aptitude. These cars, for example, are quickly approaching the age when they will need complete cooling system replacement, That is a job you want to do clean sweep, not piecemeal. That is about $1500 in parts, and I don’t even want to guess what it would cost to have someone else do the labor.
If I needed to replace my 2004 325i wagon right now, I would be looking for something like this, but I would know what I was getting in to, and it is not a journey for the faint of heart.