WTB: E30 (sedan/coupe) a must: sunroof and manual (open to e36 as well)
hello, i need your help in choosing a fun and somewhat reliable older BMW. Many years ago my family had an 89' E30 325i and I enjoyed driving it. Many years later and much older i am, now looking to reduce my TTC usage for work and begin driving to ease the commute stress that i face, but at this time, I would rather not settle for the typical civic, corolla and/or tercel which are great. I am very specific to what I'd prefer having, a much older BMW (preference to coupes but open to sedans) with manual transmission and a sunroof.
Engine wise, I am not too keen on speed, horsepower, nor on color, any will do. I enjoy the day-to-day city driving so having a solid working car is key. 4cyl vs. 6 cyl doesn't matter to me unless there's a reliability benefit. I'm posting here to make sure that I reduce the high risks involved in buying a generally more expensive car to maintain, drive and repair.
With this budget, I'm hoping that I would be able to potentially score a well maintained E30 with minimal or semi-major repairs.
car Budget: $1500
1st set of repairs budget: $1000
my car budget above includes e-testing and certification
Is it realistic the budget that i set? If not, what would you recommend?