The 323i sounds like a winner. For $6k you can not go wrong. The 3-series Bimmers are very fun to drive.Plus, you can have fun with the initials.BMW - Bring My WrenchBMW - Bring Me (to the) WorkstationBMW - Booms Mich Wieder (screw me again, sort of...)
The only thing I have seen on the car that I didn't like was the heavy amounts of brake dust on the wheels. I'm not sure if this is a BMW thing or maybe the owner rides her brakes all the time. The Carfax report shows a new set of tires installed but no brake work. So maybe new brakes all the way around. I did see some oil drips on her garage floor that were minimal and just dots not a big stain. I was thinking it may be residual oil drippage from some half ass oil changes where they pour and go. Hey your not going to have your ASE certified mechanics changing oil all day when you can hire an army of minimum wage high school students to handle that brainless work. At least that is what I'm counting on the oil spots being.
So what you are saying is they are fun to drive when they are not in the shop. Don't really want a car that is not reliable and is always in need of expensive repairs. I see many BMW 3 series cars for sales with high mileage. They must be somewhat reliable.
" Holy crap if I have to drive another loud, gutless gas miser another mile I will just have to throw myself out the door into oncoming traffic just so I can end the misery."You saying this on a RE forum?
My son has one. He likes it but complains when he has to pony up the bread to fix something on it...He only puts BMW oil in it. I find it rides like it's on a rail and the steering is fantastic .. A bit spartan looking inside but its German after all...Good luck with your purchase..