Many many years ago, in the good old days, BMW was selling very interesting types of vehicles in the the U.S. called Tourings, more commonly known as station wagons. The idea behind those vehicles was simple; take a sedan and add an enclosure over the trunk, fourth roof pillar, side windows, and a tailgate. This worked brilliantly both in theory and in practice – a sport wagon would have the agility and comfort of a sport sedan with the added functionality of a small van. Win-win, right?
Unfortunately, history will show that these brilliant vehicles did not find much love in the new world. The reasons were many, but none were truly objective. Proper European station wagons, the rear-wheel-drive ones, with a proper manual transmission, are now gone from the U.S. market. Thankfully there is Hooniverse, which each week reminds you of the wagon’s glory days.
It is refreshing to know that BMW currently still offers a station wagon in the 3-series line, and by some miracle is it even offered in a diesel flavor. Unfortunately, U.S. buyers are limited to steering-feel robbing all-wheel-drive models with automatic transmission that are matched to two different under-powered four-cylinder engines. Still, if you want a new BMW wagon you can have one, which is nice.
[Source: Denver Craigslist | Thanks for the tip, Ssurfer321!]
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