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Top 10: Bargain BMWs

BMW’s rise in the UK from niche player to mainstream megastar has been fascinating to witness over the last thirty-odd years. And, of course, it means there’s now no shortage of modern-classic BMWs from which to choose – many of them available at temptingly low prices.

With a budget of no more than £5000 (or as little as £500 in some cases), you can become the proud owner of a BMW with an impressive spec... but which ones make the best buys? We’ve got together ten of our favourites to tempt you with.

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BMW Z3

Fancy a cheap two-seater roadster? You’ll struggle to find better value than the Z3, a model that’s still grossly underrated on the modern-classic market. It’s one of the most controversial BMWs thanks to what some see as a ‘hairdresser’ image. But we think that’s unfair, as even a base-model 1.9-litre Z3 pushes out 118-138bhp depending on age and spec. The latter output was enough for a top speed of 123mph, with 0-60 in 8.4 seconds. Not too shabby at all, particularly for a car that can be picked up for as little as £1500-3000 in good to excellent condition.

Read our BMW Z3 review here

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