For fun, quick, and cheap, I don***8217;t think you can beat the e36 M3 at the moment. You can pick a decent one up for 6-10k. Another good choice would be the e46 330i, it would be a more comfortable daily and almost as fast. Both will be relatively cheap to maintain in BMW terms. If you go with a 5-series, the 6-cyl are sluggish, and the v8s can get expensive to maintain. If you want to spend less than $4k, then buy anything you can find, but it will likely need repairs and not be a good daily, unless you have a backup. I have a e36 M3 and a e90 335xi, parts for the e36 are 1/3 of the price.
A blatant contradiction of terms. Unless, of course, you can turn a wrench, solve problems with a good sense of intuition and basic knowledge, and embrace a DIY attitude. Then, you might have a chance.:roundel:
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