In Reply to: I miss my '96 328is, but you can't go wrong! (e) posted by gercar on October 06, 1999 at 16:53:15:
My current car is a 97 328i sport/stick and its great. Before this I had an e36 95 325i stick. Although I have only spent an hour test driving the new e46's, I prefer my e36 328 in terms of handling/road feedback. As others have alluded to in this thread, BMW has made the e46 more 'mainstream', and thus has enjoyed higher sales. My 97 is coming off of lease, and I wanted to get a new car, but after driving the 328 e46, I have ruled it out. Instead, I have ordered an e39 540i 6spd (the 528 is too underpowered compared to my 328). When compared to the 323, the choice of the e36 328 is even more obvious - go w/ the 328.
I'm not sure of the condition of your friend's car, but $26M is a good price. I'm about to start to market my car and I think I'll start at $28,250. My car has 24k, sport package,OBC and Calypso red, in case anyone is interested. I hate to part with it, but I'm excited about the 540.