I’ve recently decided that I prefer commuting in small cars and I’ve noticed that I’m becoming more and more fascinated by Z3s and Z4s that I see on the road. They also seem to be in this sort of sweet spot of $6k–$10k.

The thing is, I know nothing about BMWs, and they sort of scare me, even though I daily an old Jag.

Let’s take this for example:

2003 3.0, 102k miles, manual, $6,495.

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There are zero photos with the top down, which makes me think it’s broken. Also, that thing on the right that looks like an ash tray is clearly broken. Otherwise, it looks okayish, cosmetically, except for the red leather, which I despise.

How would a car like this try to bankrupt its next owner?