I was looking at and almost bought a few cars when I was looking for my first baby, and i was alot more interested in Rice-burners back then than I am now. But the very first car I almost bought was a 1987 Toyota MR2 (AW11) non-supercharged bluetop. And I drove that car pretty breifly... just had too much rust to be pratical (mechanic estimated that under extreme driving the car would actually break in half... lol.) But it was quick. I still think it would have been an awsome car to have - I'm actualy still considering getting one. MR power!
The next car I investigated was a 1989 Mazda RX-7 non-turbo. So shoot me, I don't like forced induction. :P I DO like rotary engines though. Maybe someday I'll put one in my bimmer!
Regardless, it just seemed like too much was wrong with the car. There was enormous oil deposits on the entire engine bay (Despite daily cleaning from what I understood.) and he had redone the brakes (without bleeding the lines... found that out the hard way.), and when it first started up, it would pour exhaust out everywhere. Just billow smoke. So I decided that wouldn't be a good car for me to drive. heh.
The next car I looked at - I only found breifly, rather. Was a 1986 Porsche 944. I can't even recreate how angry I was when my parents (who were co-signing a loan with me for the car.) wouldn't even consider that vehicle. I think that would have even been signifigantly cooler than my bimmer.
The last car I looked at, before I got my 318i - was a 325eS. Even to this day I think I should have gotten it, but it had a few things wrong of its own. Its in-grille radar detector only detected K-band... the rear driver side wheel was making alot of noise (Friend of mine estimated that was the wheel bearing that needed to be replaced soon probally.) and just for a grand finalle, it wasn't showing proper compression across the board. Siiiiigh. The steering was so tight! and the suspension was much nicer than my car. Just too much to do.
So that brings us to my current car, the 1985 318i that I fell in love with.
I named it Isa and promptly put the nose into a guardrail... lol, but luckily it was low speed enough that no horible damage was incured - I plan to get it fixed by a professional shop asap and maybe even get her a whole new paint job at the same time.
I'm considering Subaru Blue, or Pearl Black.
Anyhow... All of these cars have been good handling potentially trackable machines that could probally do some damage. Just because they're old, and in some cases japanese - doesn't mean you should write them off, underestemating a car can put you in an embarasing pinch. Someone mentioned a civic dusting you at a light - don't be suprised. There is a guy in my town who owns a Turbo'ed civic with the stock block who was able to embarass my roomate who drives about a 14 second (mid to high.) MX-6 v6. (Mazda.) - As well as the guy driving the turbo conquest with upgraded turbo and BOV, larger intercooler, and runs faster than my friends cobra for sure. (His cobra sucks...)
I just think that you need to be more open to people; just because someone drives a "ricer" car, or something non-bavarian, doesn't mean that its inferior. I have lots of respect for lots of cars - and almost any car driven right can be fast. And as a final thought, wtf posessed you to call that guy a "tool"? Anyhow - drive on.