friend of mine owns a 1998 BMW 323ci, 1400kg, 0-100 in 7.4seconds, top speed around 240k's
thats over 500kg's lighter than a w116
you wouldn't think they would be very safe in an accident,
BMW's look nice cars, abit sporty for my taste however, but it's just all the wannabe rich people and try hards who drive them that turn me off them. Down here they are as common as dirt. People who try to create an image of success by driving a 318i or a 323, I was at a dinner party recently where the topic of "nice cars" came up, I tried to explain with some furver that a particular persons BMW was only worth around 20k, but I was shunned, "no thats a high end sports car", yeah I'm thinking a BMW 3 series.....some sports car.
That's why try hards drive them, they create and image, an image of success, money
I never see a 5 series or 7 series, they still hold some respect for me.
Maybe because you can't rent one of them?