regarding price: what you're getting is a well documented, well kept hassle free 4 door in a not-so-common color combo. i'm not in a rush to sell, and if that ever changes.. well i guess then it will be obvious
not to start a e36 vs e46 debate thread, but to answer some questions: i would prefer the e36 more due to better road feel (imo), easier to work on and overall i prefer the looks and 4 doors. so being faced with choice between this and an e46, i would jump in the e36. but, as always, to each their own!
thanks for the comments guys!