I looked at them before I got my E46. I liked the mileage, power-to-weight, handling. Didn't like the price, ride and the fact that an Oklahoma highway would shred one in a year. (At least the ones I traverse daily.) They are a 9.8 on the CUTE scale which just isn't that important to me. I think they are the perfect car for your friend to own so you can drive it once in awhile!