Meet The E21, The Forgotten Middle Child In The BMW Family

Welcome to Found Around The District, where we highlight fascinating cars we find around a city where people are too busy fighting through traffic and hunting for parking to drive anything interesting: Washington, D.C. » 3/10/13 9:22am 3/10/13 9:22am

This Little Alpina BMW Makes Hybrids Look Stupid

We find it entertaining that Consumer Reports just started to realize there is no replacement for displacement, while auto makers claim we should chop off our right foot if we want better fuel economy. But instead of laughing, we present you the solution. » 2/06/13 1:40pm 2/06/13 1:40pm

The 2013 Lotus F1 Car Has The World's Best Steering Wheel

Lotus unveiled the first 2013 F1 car today, their E21. As you can see, it still has the duckbill nose. More importantly, it has the best steering wheel in the world. » 1/28/13 4:40pm 1/28/13 4:40pm

For $4,500, Be Three, White, And E21

A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same both forwards and backwards - for example never odd or even. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe E21 is novel in the U.S. as its a 323i which is both even and odd as well as palindromic. The question is, which way will you go on its price? » 4/26/12 8:00am 4/26/12 8:00am

What Is The Most Surprising Car You've Ever Driven?

As car lovers we like to think we have a good idea what's going to happen when we hop into a car we've never driven before. Whether it's a pre-conceived notion about how truly terrible a car is or expected automotive euphoria behind the wheel of a car we've always lusted after, even if we don't think we know it all we… » 3/17/12 5:00pm 3/17/12 5:00pm

What slow car is the most fun to drive fast?

"It's better to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow"—chances are if you're reading this you've heard this statement before. Whether you believe this is just a stupid generalization dreamt up by people who drive slow cars or the focus of your automotive obsession revolves around a similar concept, almost all car… » 1/07/12 5:00pm 1/07/12 5:00pm

For $7,495, do nice E21s finish last?

The seller of today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe E21 claims it's the nicest on Craigslist. That might just be so as it looks to be in remarkable shape. Its price however, as is often the case here, may not be so nice. » 11/28/11 8:00am 11/28/11 8:00am

What car's second generation was better than the first?

Successfully redesigning a car is no small task. While it's easy to come up with examples of vehicles that were great in their first generation and not so great in their second, this week we want to know what vehicle not only managed to avoid the sophomore slump, but was an actual improvement. What car's second… » 5/07/11 4:00pm 5/07/11 4:00pm

For $25,000, this E21 is hardboiled

Easter may be over, but that doesn't mean cracking open today's egg-colored Nice Price or Crack Pipe E21 wouldn't reveal some surprises. Will its price however, make you think the seller is cracked as well? » 4/25/11 8:00am 4/25/11 8:00am

It's a Family Affair

Spotted at the BMW Museum, these five cars span a good portion of the company's race history. While it's easy to see a family resemblance, every car has its own unique features. We'll take one of each. (Photo Credit: Motoyen) » 1/29/11 10:00am 1/29/11 10:00am

Beware The Master Hunter

This Group 5 BMW E21 bides its time in the BMW Classic Museum in Munich, waiting for the day when it may stalk the track again. You can see more here. (Hat tip to Scott!) » 12/10/10 9:00am 12/10/10 9:00am

LeMons Torture Test Results: BMW E21

How can we put this diplomatically, in a way that won't offend lovers of the 2002's successor? The BMW E21 has turned out to be a terrible 24 Hours Of LeMons car, with only one out of ten finishing in the top third. Small sample size? Yeah, that's it- buy that $500 320i for the next race! » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

1981 BMW 315: 15,850 Deutsche Marks To Econo-Glory

We couldn't get the gas-sipping BMW 315 over here in Nordamerika » 9/26/08 11:00am 9/26/08 11:00am; instead, we had to make do with the thirsty 320i version of the E21 platform. Over in Germany, however, the money saved on gas by the 315 facilitated drive-by Quaalude deals between wholesome-looking tennis players… or whatever the hell is going on in…

1983 BMW 320i With Rare David Hasselhoff Option

This series has become a real balancing act for me, as I try to make sure I don't neglect one type of vehicle for too long. We had a Chrysler A-body recently, and we're definitely due for an air-cooled Beetle one of these days. Now I realize with a shock that it's been two long months since our last Bayerische Motoren… » 2/07/08 9:00am 2/07/08 9:00am