In the US it's a little odd...the 328's dominate the market, like 95% of the market here. 335's are about $5k-8k more, out the door, and that's why some feel it's a status "symbol".
I don't think any car outside of a Porsche 911 Turbo // Ferrari // Lambo whatever are status symbols.
To further the dilution, regarding someone's post about all the clitoris' in UK driving 3-series, is the fact the BMWUSA leases HEAVILY, and then resell's these 2-3 years leases at significant discounts, with 0.9% financing. YES, pretty much anyone can end up in a BMW at some point in their life in the US. The american dream, i'm sure.
Net net, the F30 RIGHT NOW in the US, with limited options and a new introduction, holds "status" for us Americans because the Lease rights are higher, and there are NONE in the used market since it's only 5 months old.
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