Hey guys, I'm new to the thread and have always loved e36 BMW's, its time to get serious about purchasing one. So heres my situation, I have $10-12000 to spend, and am looking for a coupe, possibly a convertable, but a 5 spd is a must. Any advice on where to start my search, what to look for/be aware of is appreciated. How much stronger is the m3 engine compared to the 323 and 328 sixes? I plan on keeping this car for a while, and it will be my only car. I'm in college and can go for a couple of months without a car, so I'm willing to take my time, study up on the e36 series, and make the right decision. Any major pros/cons of the different models? I know noobs are a pain, so I apologize, I just need some place to start. thanks!