Originally Posted by Deloriant
Meh, the newer BMW's get the less sporty and more luxurious. That's why the E36 will always be known as the sportiest and the most, "enthusiasts" car. It started with the E46, they got real heavy so they're slow, and they are a lot boxier so they can't handle as well. Just getting worse with the E90...
The E36 is a less sporty and heavier E30. The E30 is a less sporty and heavier E21. The E21 is a less sporty and heavier '02.
I very much doubt enthusiasts would pick the E36 given all of the 3-series models.