Hey man, awesome car! I am new here and registered when I read your post because I'm in the exact same position. I test drove an '00 323Ci Saturday and am also a HS senior. The only difference was mine had the metallic blue color. So you've had no problems? How much did you pay for it? I want to get it next weekend.
Mine came with the Sport Package, CD player, and leather (I think). It has 36K miles on it and is in good shape, only one minor ding/dent on the side. The dealer is asking $25,900, but I think we can get it down to the $24Ks. I know it doesn't fly, but it was fun to drive and fits my budget and is fast enough for me (I'm 17). Thanks for any insight!