January 24, 2011, 4:57 pm
I'm sure you'll get a ton of different answers based on different reasons and no definite conclusion. Perhaps you are just starting a general discussion about BMWs...
You man want to start a Poll but not in this E46 forum, otherwise the results will be skewed.
Everyone should qualify their response with what they have owned and for what reason they selected what they did.
Here's my opinion (previously owned 2002s, E21, E30, E34, E36, E46):
IMO the style of BMWs have changed since the E38 and I like the original styles best. I also like lightweight cars as they handle more effortlessly. It's diffucult to compare quality since there are too many aspects, but overall tactile quality has progressively decreased since the E30. Given my priorities, I'd have to say the E36 strikes a good balance. Although the quality is not the best, it still looks classic with a modern touch. The E34 is a close second but it's a tad heavy. The E30 drives better that either of them, but exterior styling leaves more to be desired (minus the M3, which is awesome, but not a great daily driver). For all out performance, the most modern cars win, but at the expense of driver involvement.