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A Certified Pre-Owned BMW M5 Is the Same Price as a 3 Series

Here’s an interesting fact: For the same price as a brand-new BMW 3 Series, you could buy a certified pre-owned BMW M5. I’m serious. You can get a recent M5, with a manufacturer-backed warranty, for the cost of a new 3 Series. So why don’t you?

Here’s how this works. A brand-new 3 Series starts around $41,200 with destination, meaning one that’s got a few reasonable options will likely be around $50,000. If you step up to an M340i, you’re looking at a base price of around $55,000, with options-inclusive pricing more like $60,000-$65,000.

Or you could just get an M5.

If you go on Autotrader and search for certified pre-owned BMW M5 models, you won’t find many but you’ll find a few right around $50,000, like this 2016 model at Irvine BMW in Southern California or this 2016 model at United BMW in Atlanta. Both of those are higher-mileage cars, but BMW’s CPO warranty offers unlimited mileage coverage, though it only lasts for a year. You’ll have to pay extra to add additional years, which I think is completely worth it.

Even if you do pay a little more to add extra years of warranty, you can likely get a CPO M5 — with 560 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of something like 3.5 seconds — for around $55,000 before taxes. And the best part is you’re not giving up any practicality to the 3 Series: You’re still getting a four-door sedan with room for people and in fact more room than the latest 3 Series offers.

To me, the M5 is a bit of a bargain at this price — and I’d take one over a new 3 Series in a heartbeat. Find a CPO BMW M5 for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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