• Mar 16th 2009 at 8:29AM
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The BMW 3 Series is one of the most fun cars to drive for under $50,000, and if you live near Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, you may be eligible to try out the entire lineup at no cost to you. BMW is inviting select Canadian registrants to drive all flavors of the 3 Series for two hours and compare them to the competition from Lexus, Audi and Mercedes. The fun won't be relegated to yourself, either, as BMW encourages you to bring a friend along, as well. The goal, obviously, is to sell more BMWs, so the German automaker will pick only registrants that are found worthy (or able to afford) a fine piece of German engineering. In other words, if you're 19 and currently driving a Dodge Neon, don't wait by the mailbox.

The BMW train stops in Vancouver from April 17-19, in Montreal from May 8-10, and in Toronto from May 29-31 and June 5-7. More information, including registration information, can be found on the BMW Canada website.

[Source: BMW via AutoNorth]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The first car I drove around was the 328xi and I found it much better than our C240 4Matic. It also looks hotter!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people will enjoy the diesel after driving them back-back. Its a phenomenal kick from low rpms. I found it to be the best of the 3-series.

      (If you haven't driven it, don't respond by quoting figures. I'm not interested in a numbers war).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm curious about the 335i vs. 335d, and signed up for this event.

        If they don't choose me, my next car will be another Infiniti. ;P
      • 6 Years Ago
      they might have a G there. but i'm sure they'll "tweak" it for the show :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why aren't they in Calgary!? :P

      By the way, I hate to say it but there are racial elements do count. I drop by practically every car dealership and they'll let me test drive their cars around here. I'm 18, and I say I'm in engineering (I am) and because I'm Asian they automatically assume I have some rich dad who would buy me something that costs $50k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I sure hope that's right, cause I just signed up with my real age (18).
        My first car is a Volvo 850. That'll help get my picked...right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So...a 21 year old driving a Neon should be okay then.

      • 6 Years Ago
      It's an interesting idea. Good job BMW, but can you please work on that reliability? It hasn't exactly been the greatest over the last few years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, I hate to ask questions on here but I believe this is the site I found it on or it may have been Digg. But if anyone knows of this site it would be this crowd There was this great site all in flash. It asked you to fill out an indepth questionnaire about what you want in your car. for example. SUV, 2000-2009, leather, gps, overtaking speed, fuel economy, satellite radio, luxury, safety rating, type of headlights(xenon,fog), upgraded sound system. AWD, all of the possible options you could want. You select exactly what you want and they give you the choices available. I forgot to bookmark the site a few months back and I'm wondering if anyone knows what site im speaking of?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool,BMW is the coolest car to drive!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Aw... brand-whores are so cute.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is such a tease... the M3 is NOT on the list of cars you can drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "compare them to the competition from Lexus, Audi and Mercedes."

      Heh. Conspicuous by its absence, Infiniti isn't on the list, which is really the only brand that has a car in league with the 3-series.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No Infiniti is not.

        Lexus IS350 has more then enough power and performance to match.

        The Benz C class is also very good..

        When it come down to it...the infiniti is the LEAST wanted out the group.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Customer: "Hmm... the 335 is too expensive, but I'd like a little more performance than the 328i. Do you have anything like that here?"

        BMW rep: "No ma'am, we don't have a single G37 on the premises... I mean, uhhh... what I meant to say..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        "When it come down to it...the infiniti is the LEAST wanted out the group."

        That's ridiculous.

        I know I'm in the minority who actually actively *prefers* the G to the 3 (and not out of any brand loyalty or hatred; I own an Infiniti G35 and I'm shopping for a BMW Z4 as we speak...), but still -- the 3 created its market segment and has a host of competitors, and the G is the one that is, typically, compared most favorably to the 3. It's also Consumer Reports' pick for the style, and sits on Car and Driver's 10 best list (along with the 3 and the also-omitted Cadillac CTS).

        While they may be bringing along the competitors with the most *cachet*, they're leaving out the cars that actually best compete as *cars* -- the G and the CTS. I mean, the 3 is a very nice car, and I'd definitely take one over an A, C, or IS. But I don't think the A, C, or IS are nearly as much competition to the 3 as a sport sedan as the G (or CTS).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget the test drives... will they allow me to do some investigative journalism on why they are such quality control nightmares and why it excels at BleedingMyWallet?
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