Because I'm cheap, my other option was a cooper s but I had a good enough year to get the car I really wanted. For 33K I got everything I will ever need in my car and I won't have to worry about turbo maintenance since I'm planning on putting 250,000 miles on my car. I know some say that turbos don't hurt the engine but you can't deny it's just one more thing that can and probably will need some work done in the cars first 250,000 miles. The HPFP problems are a prime example.
Also I was coming from a 95 civic ex (the ex means it's fast) so 230 rwd hp and a 0-60 time of 6 seconds was a fantastic upgrade.
Ordered: 128i Titanium Silver, Black Leatherette, High gloss black trim, Sport Package, iPod Adapter, Premium Audio, BMW Assist