Fun to drive, but...
By photown on
1999 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan
Feels as solid as a tank. Could be quicker but fun nonetheless. Handles as if on rails. The controls are in all of the right places. Looks to kill. Perfect car, but it's an absolute money pit to own. Spent $6000 on repair bills including water pump, computer ($2000), rear-end bushings, 3 window actuators ($375/each) and other misc. parts. Dealer wanted to do even more repairs totaling $4000 (replacing radiator and expansion tank was $2500!). Walk away uless it comes with a very good extended warranty.
Not everyone does of course, but it helps to have some mechanical ability to own one of these cars. A new water pump is $30, expansion tank about $30, Radiator maybe $100. Rear bushings are $100. So...