Want reliability plus good fuel economy and driving entertainment? Find a well cared for four cylinder e36. A drop top is always a plus, at least to me. I was determined to see 150K before storing the car for the winter. Last week, it looked as though I'd missed the window, with three or four inches of snow last Monday followed with a few 10F mornings. Things warmed up Saturday, with even warmer temps on the way and plenty of rain to wash away the road salt from the previous week. By Monday morning, it was 60F. It was cooler today, but dry. I got my two more days of commuting this fall out of the old BMW to reach my goal. I paid a little less than 4.5K for the car in 2010. It had 105K on it then, so by my standards, it now owes me nothing. The only thing I've had to do to it beyond routine maintenance over the intervening 45K has been to replace the boot that runs between the AFM, or MAP, or MAF, whatever it might be, and the intake manifold. I'd had a hunting idle as well as rough starting from rest for awhile, although the car was fine once you got it rolling and fuel economy was good. One day I was checking the oil and noticed a crack in the boot. I thought, well, you dummy, this is what's wrong. Ordered the part, which was maybe $30.00 delivered, replaced it in about as much time as it takes to fill the fuel tank, and presto, smooth idle and easy starts from rest were restored. Fuel economy remained about the same, which kind of surprised me, since I'd thought that the extra air might have caused a lean condition and an excess of O2 in the exhaust stream which would in turn have caused the O2 sensor to have called for a richer mixture. Anyway, the car has been reliable and enjoyable. It easily averages an abstemious 32-33 mpg top up or down. It also has very good A/C and heat and all of the toys still work, although I hope never to test the function of the deployable roll bars. Very happy with having purchased this old dear, a car that was fifteen years old when I bought it and will shortly be twenty years from build. I'd doubt that a '95 Honda would be any less trouble to own and use and the four cylinder e36 has no timing belt needing replacement.