My name is Larry and I am from CT. My wife and I have been BMWCCA members for a few months. I have been a BMW lover for a long time. My wife has a 2003 X-5 which we love. I have owned 2 BMWs---a 2000 323i and a 2003 530i which I drove from 2004 through now. A few weeks ago when gas hit $4.50 a gallon I decided to trade my 530i in for a smaller car. I wanted a Mini Cooper S but my wife rationally suggested with two young boys (one still in a car seat) it didn't make much sense. The 128i was out of the question because of its lack of practicality. I looked around for a pre-owned 3-series and didn't find one that fit what I wanted. I decided to test drive a Audi A3. We owned 2 Audi A4s about 10 years ago that my wife drove, and I remember I liked the cars. I found a 2006 certified 2.0T A3 (6 speed manual), and I decided to buy it. It was a heart wrentching decision for me not to get another BMW, but my wife still lets me drive the X-5. I am very impressed by the A3. It is a fantastic car. The interior is first rate and the engine is fantastic. The torque band is beyond belief. I am happy with the car I will be driving for the next few years, but I am hoping my next car will be a 123d. If not, my prediction is I will be driving a Mini Cooper S or Audi A1. I am done with big cars considering all the commuting I do.