2009 BMW 335d: Who Needs a Limo?
It's always hard saying goodbye to an old friend, and sometimes it's hard saying goodbye to a new one -- like just recently, when our long-term BMW 335d test vehicle termed-out. Before reluctantly giving up the keys, however, one of our editors tapped it for one final road trip for one special occasion: to get married in Las Vegas.
While it wasn't an epic journey across the country to take advantage of its superb fuel economy -- or a quick romp through some canyon passes to feel the thrill of the 335d's 265 horsepower and even more impressive 425 pound-feet of torque -- we felt that the short voyage across the desert was a worthy adieu to the oil burner, especially for a such a significant occasion.
On the way there and around town to take care of some last-minute wedding preparations, the 335d felt just as it had the first day we received it. With over 20,000 miles on the clock, the car felt just as spritely as ever and delivered 33 miles per gallon on its final voyage. When the big day came, the bride took a limo to the chapel -- so that she wouldn't be seen before the ceremony -- and our editor/groom arrived in style in the BMW. Although the car looked stunning enough in all its Tasman Green Metallic glory, the guests seemed more interested in the diesel engine under the hood, which remained a topic of conversation until the event started.
After the ceremony, the 335d never missed a beat, as the newlyweds drove it through the side streets adjacent to the Las Vegas strip, zipping to the reception and then back to the hotel suite. The end of the trip was bittersweet, because while our editor's married life was just beginning, our time with the 335d had come to an end.