Originally Posted by ikonic
Originally Posted by stupot
Unless something changes with the general public the whole difference in price will come back to you at trade in time, maybe more. The dealer will welcome a diesel as a trade in but will run a mile from a petrol. Getting a trade underwrite on a petrol BMW is near impossible.
Oh blardy ell......
Do you think it might change with the 328i though given that (in the quoted figures at least) it seems to give such great economy for such performance?
Looking at the values of the petrol E9x 325i's and 330i's they did seem to fall off a cliff compared with the diesels.
Hopefully since the 328 seems much more economical, we won't see the same drop off - just looking at say, the VAG line of "semi-eco" petrols (the TSI models), they seem to have held their prices reasonably well.
It's possible that new 328 might buck the trend and bring petrol back into favour with the more expensive 3 series buyers. It certainly is much more fuel efficient and drives well, so deserves to be sought after, but buying trends can take a while to catch on as out with those that know the perception of a powerful petrol is big running costs, so they go with the herd and demand diesel.