Please indulge me here:
When I do see Bimmers on the road, they're almost entirely late models. Why is that? Cars that are or perceived to be reliable (and of good value) are reinforced by the fact that there are many older models (for example, Hondas) on the road still running. Ah, but you say, well, it's because the profile of a Bimmer driver has a characteristic of short turnovers on new vehicles and therefore switches out Bimmers after 3 years of use; that maybe, but that doesn't explain away why there aren't older Bimmers still running around. Where have the older Bimmers gone to? I rarely see an old BMW! I have to rule out affordability(strictly purchase price) because you can buy a 6 year old Bimmer (I'm contemplating a 03 325i) for a lot less than a newer Honda Civic! So, maybe the values not there. In other words, bang for buck. Maybe the world perceives (including those Bimmer drivers mentioned earlier) whether true or not, that Bimmers are not a good value(cost of ownership, reliabity, etc.). WHY IS IT RARE TO SEE AN OLDER MODEL BIMMER RUNNING AROUND TOWN? Thanks!