i think the influence of bmw had been around since i could remember. my sisters first car was a red e30 325. she wrecked that two weeks after she got it but during the investigation they found other body damage not caused by her accident. aka the car was sold new, after a wreck. so in settlement after taking the dealer to court she got a 92 325 (e36), the newest 3 series out at the time.
she drove that for like 13 years. then i came around and took it for my first car. after driving, modding and all the goodies - my best friend harry maugans also picked up a silver bimmer, his old 328. =)
so now i'm in an E46 325 but my love for bmw was rekindled a few days ago when i saw the '06 Carbon Black M3 Coupe sitting on a showroom floor.
now i'm discussing with my dad about buying it. see the "I'm in love" thread.