It's a 2000 328i with sport and premium package been giving me reliablity issues latly and I feel the steptronic transmission with 82,xxx miles is about to give out. If it does I would definitly get a 5spd but that could put me back anywhere from 2-5k. Car is very fun to drive, handling is so and definitly looks pimp. Some things have been failing latly. I just purchased everything to replace the engine cooling system so it doesn't fail (which could lead to blown head gaskets) and my steering pump just went out 2 days ago (still driveable just makes loud grinding noise when I turn) So, what jap car could I get that is equal or greater in performance as well as an overall nice ride for lets say 15-16k? CLIFFS: I want a reliable car over BMW 2000 328i. What compares for about 15-16k?