Re: If you HAD to buy a German car...
I still have a soft spot for the old twin headlight and straight lines.
Would go for a 318is, 320 or 325 Sport. Ideally though the 318is (not be mistaken for the normal 318) which despite it's age pushed 140bhp as standard with a twin cam 16v and I'm pretty sure was chain driven too.
Rear drive in a car as light as a crisp packet with an engine pushing as much as the "modern" Alfa 1.8 16v. I think would be a great laugh !!!!
I dunno why a lot of peeps despise Beemers. Some of the drivers may be plonkers or see the car as a status symbol, but I've seen plenty of Alfa drivers with the same kinda car snobbery thing going on...and our cars are worth less (or is that worthless ???) when we sell.