I think an E36 325iS would be good, or even an E30 325iS. They both have reasonably good room for fitting luggage and both definitely back a good punch when needed. The E30 I think would be cheaper, but the E36 has a more contemporary look.
In my opinion, I think an E30 325iS(year 88+) may best suit you. Good fuel economy, great stock handling, ABS, Limited Slip Differential(both tires have equal power when loss of traction occurs), great community for repairs and upgrades, and if maintained can look like a very new car. But keep in mind, same goes for the E36, it is just a bit harder to find them with LSD's. It's more your preference towards look and feel of the car. You should test drive some E30's and E36's.
e30tech.com For E30 galleries and feedback on purchases(these are strictly E30 forums).
and this forum for more E36 gallery and community feed back(this isn't strictly E36, but has a great occupation of E36 enthusiasts).
Hope this info helps, if you need anything else, IM me(aim): drboboh
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Last edited by spiff325is; 07-19-2006 at 01:43 AM.