My story's similar to the mulleteer's. I actually was trying my best to find a 300zx under $6K, but my parents offered to buy me a cheap piece of junk to get around, so I started looking at nicest thing I could get for under $3K. Found a nice little Saab, but after some research found out that those auto trannies are total shit from that era. Finally stumbled on the BMW that I currently own for $5000. Loved it ever since. My dad was pissed for a while, cause he used to own a 2002 back in the day and has wanted a bimmer ever since (his engine started on fire shortly after he got it!).