Hi, I am David and obviously new to this club as I am also new to Bimmers. Here is my BMW story.. Last year I bought my first boat, a 1983 Glas-Ply that had a different motor and out drive than typical, but one I remember seeing in my youth during the 80's boating at our family's beach cabin on Camano Island. This boat was powered by a BMW B220, basically a marinized 3.3L M30 attached to a BMW out drive proudly sporting the roundel. Needless to say I bought it from the original owner's son complete with service records. After learning about how durable BMW engines have been through history, I sought a BMW car for commuting, I also drive a Ford F150 gas guzzler and was already in the market for a small car. I found a 1999 323i complete with all required service records from date of purchase to right before I acquired it. I bought this car from the original owner as well. This fellow purchased it on the European delivery program. My impression is these are fantastic machines and I hope to learn more about them here and talk with some great people who share my appreciation. Cheers!