The 2.7-liter, 127 h.p. 6-cylinder power plant has been replaced by a2.5-liter, 168 h.p. 6 that boasts zero to 60 m.p.h. in 8.5 seconds. Smoothshifting 5-speed manual transmission, if manual is what you`re looking for in a $25,450 car.

Tight and solid, but that kidney-shaped grille has gotten boring. It`sodd that interior room is cramped and rear seat head room is poor, but thetrunk is large and spacious.

BMW is still fighting the yuppie image and the belief that owners arenamed Buffy of Biff.

Among popular options, automatic runs $645, limited slip differential$370 and metallic paint $375.

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