I finally signed up for the bmwcca.org web site despite owing BMWs since 1979. Since then, I've owned three BMWs and will probably buy a new one this year. The first "Bay Em Vay" was a 1979 320i that I only sold four years ago. It was still fun to drive but my service shop (Dinan) said "it's time". I guess they were unhappy about having to scrounge parts for it. The second car is a 1987 E28 535iS that we still drive. It has nearly 200,000 miles but still runs well. It's a blast to drive, probably aided by the Dinan Stage 1 suspension and performance chip. The most recent car is a 2003 325XiT touring that works well as a commuter car that can carry a surprising amount of stuff when necessary. I like the car, but it's hard to be enthusiastic about the automatic transmission and the poor acceleration. (We bought the car as a one-year old CPO, which saved about $10,000 but meant we couldn't get the car exactly the way we wanted.) I'm also concerned about the 325's long-term maintainability with that slushbox and its complex four-wheel drive. This year I'm considering either a 335d diesel or a 335 gasoline car, and I'd like to pick it up "im Deutschland" and see Das Welt and the new Museum. I visited the old Museum about 15 years ago and I'm curious how the new one compares. One thing I remember about the old Museum was a display showing a BMW inline 6-cylinder engine with the caption that BMW would never build a V8 because it just wasn't as smooth or efficient an engine.