I'm in the market for an E36 convertible.

I believe the E36 is the most attractive 3 series. I especially like the winglets on the rocker panels and it has a great profile. However, I'm at a loss when it comes to the models...assuming that the cars come in a 3.2, 3.5 and 3.8 liter engine sizes as the markers indicate.

What are your opinions on these motors/cars...my sense is that the 3.2 offers more durability and lower cost of ownership than the larger motors. I'm also drawn by the 323 having a manual top--one less thing to break and fix.

I've already got a "spoil teenager" that I love--an E34/M5...so with the E36 purchase, I'm looking more for a young adult with some manners. TIA for your responses...