E36 manual still has the old BMW feel. E46 was the end of the car company as we knew it. They got too big, complicated and fancy after that.I should mention i was until recently a card carrying member for the BMWCCA.
Buy one, you'll learn to fix it.
However, much like many enthusiast cars there is good help in the forums and in the Roundel as well.
As far as i'm concerned the last legit BMW was a E30 and it had a big wing nice ones are hard to find.