I got my 2003 6i with 33K on it fresh off a 3 year lease. I have had only 1 problem in the last 35K miles and that was a noisy drive belt idler. I replaced that and have not had any other issues. The car is easy to work on and easy to own. The only heartburn I have with the car is the turning radius, it's awful. Other than that I love it. 30MPG combined hwy and city.
Sporty looks (spoiler, ground effects, alloy wheels). Great gas mileage and reliability.