Originally Posted by The Wayfarer
Okay, I lied, it's probably more like $20k.
New budget in consideration, suggestions?
I've been browsing AutoTrader and found some rad BMW 3 series between $12-18k and only a few years old.
I don't think the 3-series is super fuel efficient, but the older ones are nice (I think the E30 was the pinnacle personally, and you can get one for $5K).
At 20k, you could get a new Mazda 3 which is a nice compact. I always buy used cause it makes no sense to buy new anymore. Mini Coopers are nice, but heavy and lack grunt. A used Honda S2000 or a newer Miata would be nice if you don't need more than 2 seats. The new Nissan Cube looks pretty functional. Used Volvos have a lot of hipster cred.
It really depends on your needs, your personality, etc.