i had a bwm 3 series sedan for over 14 years, and besides a tail light short (it was recalled once) and radiator leak (flaw of bmw's), it ran smooth and drivability was better than most european, jap and american cars. it's turning radius was superb, but it was rear-wheel drive thus the shaft ran between the rear-seat passengers. my car before that was an acura front-wheel drive. if not for an oil leak (another flaw of bmw sedans), i would have retained it as a spare car. gas mileage was averaging 30 mpg as it got older so the engine was still flawless. but you and i know in north america utility and getting from point a to b safely and reliably beat all the criteria. driving pleasure was not in consideration when we haul our collective arses to work and back, as traffic got worse and we were mostly stuck on the roads. interior comfort, noise control, hands-free and interactive screen and software become more important when we're in gridlock. but now that i'm retired i take pleasure in driving my puppy's macan down the coast of carmel and show him off plus his shuttle to would be admirers at apple park, faecesbook campus and googleplex. after all, why should an expensive vip puppy be shuttled around in a run-down honda or toyota? he deserves the best, and a shiny blue macan fits his high-life strutting profile. and his name is bleu. he has his own instagram page.