For July 4, 2020, our used car find is this 42k mile 2014 BMW 228i, which is listed on craigslist by a private seller in Beaverton, Oregon, for $16,500.

Here’s what makes this car special.

Introduced in 2014, the 2 Series was essentially a second-generation 1 Series in coupe or convertible form, and it fixed one of the main issues with the 1 Series: the looks.

Though most attention goes to the more powerful M235i version, the “base” 228i offered here is no slouch in the performance department. Its 240 hp turbocharged four cylinder is plenty potent for the small chassis, capable of 0-60 runs in the low 5 second range. And the smaller engine means 200 fewer pounds over the front wheels (vs. the M235i), for better overall handling. At launch, Jalopnik called it “the best all-around BMW performance car for your dollar.”

This example is pretty much everything you’d want in a used 2 Series: relatively few miles, a great color (Estoril Blue), and nicely equipped, with the M Sport, Technology, and Premium packages.

One niggle could be the gearbox, since these are available with a 6-speed manual. However, the 8-speed ZF automatic present here is one of the best slushboxes out there and pairs very well with the N20 turbo engine.

The asking price of $16,500 is in line with KBB’s estimate for a 2 Series in this condition. Considering what it buys you, that is a pretty attractive option for an entertaining car under twenty grand.

Vehicle Details

  • 2014 BMW 228i
  • 42k miles
  • Estoril Blue on black leather
  • for sale by owner for $16,500
  • Beaverton, Oregon
  • link to craigslist listing HERE

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About Mark Holthoff

Before joining Klipnik, Mark spent eight years at developing and running their Live Advice and Consumer Reviews programs. His first car was a 1974 Triumph TR6 in Sapphire Blue, which he bought with his life savings of $2000 and kept running with a combination of spare change, duct tape and dumb luck.


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