Originating from the BMW 2002, the 3 series has set the standard for sports sedan category, and remains to be an excellent machine today. Many other companies have made cars that can compete, but BMW still provides the best driving experience hands down, and regularly wins in comparisons against the competition. Although near the entry level for BMW, a stripped 335 convertible will be at least $50,000. Also known for being hated on by those who cannot afford it, similar to most other expensive foreign cars. But, as an owner, I would highly recommend this car to everyone, as its quite fast, gets amazing gas mileage, and in 5 years of ownership, I have yet to do anything besides routine maintenance.
Hater: "Wow, you have a BMW, you must be a total asshole!"
BMW Driver: "Don't be angry because your car is a pile - rather, you should judge people on their personality, rather than superficial traits or items"
BMW Driver: "Ah, well, its not my fault you're an idiot"
Person 1: "I've been looking at the BMW 3 series - i've heard that they're an amazing car"
BMW Driver: "Yeah, they look amazing, drive great, get amazing gas mileage, and have an amazing maintenance plan - BMW will play for anything for the first four years"
Person 1: "Damn, that sure beats my American POS thats been to the shop five times in the first year of ownership, is ugly, and gets terrible mileage"