2015 3i Touring
Gave my son the 2005 6i Sport pkg 2.3l 5spd manual in very good condition just hitting 100K. He needed a car but didn't need another loan.
I picked up the meteor grey 3i 5dr 2l 6spd Touring. Wife wanted 5door & red, but she has a heavy foot & the police like red too much as it stands out. But she did get her 5 door. she called it "Cute". I wanted cloth seats & manual seat adjustment. I'm tall, the wife is short and after she drove the 5i, it took forever for the power seat to slide back so I could get in. It was no fun waiting in the rain for the seat.
The new 5i is bloated. The 3 matched my old 5's specs in width & length better. The 3 also has a better power-to-weight ratio. So the 3 it was.
The only thing I really hated about the '05 5i was the throttle lag. It drove me crazy. You really couldn't blip the throttle for down shifts. The new 3i seems to be more responsive.
My favorite car was probably the 90 Mazda 626. Looked good, great performance, and comfortable.
I'm not looking for a performance car or to mod it. I just want it to start every time I turn the key and to be reasonably comfortable to drive.
I have two sports cars for fun, and the wife drives a 2005 MB 320CLK convertible.