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It's finally happened! Today after years of saving, dreaming and deliberating I bought my first car! Eventually I settled on a 1991 BMW E30 318i 2 door in Azure blue - affectionately named the 'Swag Mobile'. Compared to other models I was considering (WRX, Golf GTI, Toyota Sprinter, various rotaries, etc) I only recently took real interest in the E30 but instantly fell in love with the simplistic body style, retro class, touring car heritage and the cheaper price tag. For an even $4000 I scored myself an E30 in excellent condition inside and out (apart from a few minor blemishes expected with age) coupled with a full service history thanks to the seller being a professional BMW-only mechanic and a Pioneer DEH-X4750BT head unit included. However, the car does have a few downsides. Unfortunately it comes with an automatic transmission (much to my disgust) as well as the 4 cylinder 1.8L engine variant instead of the preferred 6 cylinder with it's supporting drivetrain. On top of this, although the car is a retro classic, this does mean it comes with the out-dated technology and performance of it's time as well as the wear and tear of the last 24 years. But a fair price for an extraordinarily clean example of this classic car meant I couldn't pass it up, even though I had no major intentions of buying a car on the day! So a deal was struck and I smiled the whole 2 hour trip home.
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