Originally Posted by Patrick BMW
Maybe the 3 is just too big and buyers get either the 5 or the 1. I felt that....and I just ordered a 1.
That's an interesting take. 5 Series sales are up significantly as are 1 Series sales (though 1 Series sales are still feeble in terms of raw numbers). I was wondering if the change to the N20 engine might be hurting sales, but that seems unlikely considering 5 Series sales are up with the same engine (I'm assuming, fairly I think, that the 528i is the 5 Series volume leader, not the 535i).
When my lease is up, I'm more likely to look at a 2013 1 Series than a 3 Series -- I already think my E92 is a bit big and heavy and my wife's F30 feels even bigger and far more ponderous.