The reason the car popped up in my search parameters is because it's older and it has a stick shift. The older style looks better to me than the newer 90's models. While the BMW has never been my first choice, I've never had anything against them either. One thing I've always felt BMW was paramount in was suspension and handling. I'm getting to the age I don't need to go fast, but I still like to drive in a...um...spirited.....manner. With the exception of the 325i wanting to swap ends on wet pavement with an inexperienced driver, it's probably one of the better cars for my driving style. Ever since I hit a curve hot in a Poesche 911 back in '75, I make certain to know my cars limits. One addendum, I like the stories of people trying to car jack a car and running off because they can't drive a stick. I've got two mooching relatives who can't drive one either.