Originally Posted by SE3P_to_E90
You should definitely look into the e83... great prices. I was able to find one with a year of comprehensive extended maintenance ($50 transfer fee), so I have peace of mind for the next year.
Apparently, these e83's built just like the e46, and they're far more bulletproof than the e9x's. My mechanic (at BMW) said he rarely ever sees any problems with e83's, and the only thing (and most common) he sees are problems with the transfer case. This is because the owner towed boats/trailers with these cars, and they're not really meant for this. Other than that, he said these cars are much better built than my e90 -- which is overridden by BMW's notorious electrical gremlins.
My mechanic said the same, sadly I can't find one around me with good spec (Xline, sport seats, sport steering). Most are overpriced Msports with high mileage or some really basic cars with cloth and manual. I don't know what to do, I am guessing an awd car is not so easy again for me to find (in my budget bracket).