Before the introduction of the MINI Cooper and the 1 series, BMW gave the small car segment a shot back in the mid 1990s with the introduction of the hatchback version of the E36, otherwise known as the ti. Clean, low mileage examples are rare these days, but here’s a clean, original example with the desirable sport package for sale on eBay:
The seller states:
Super clean real nice. Comes complete with all Book’s,Manuals,service records and two sets of remote key’s. This BMW is in excellent condition inside and out! Serviced and 100% road ready. Timing chain. All tuned up. Motor and transmission run 100%. Rotors and pads are new, tires, exhaust, hoses, belts, fluids all good. Front end and rear all good. air condition blows ice cold. There are no engine indicator lights on. I would drive this BMW anywhere! This vehicle is immaculate! always pampered and detailed! Never abused! The engine runs 100% with no problems detected. The under carriage is dry with no visible leaks. The 5-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly through all gears and performs as it should. The suspension is good and the vehicle is responsive to all driving conditions. This vehicle provides precise handling, effortless performance, and an excellent and comfortable ride. The cockpit is well designed with all controls at your finger tips. The acceleration is spirited and fuel economy respectable up to 29 mpg. The previous owner took pride in maintaining the absolute beautiful condition of this affordable BMW 318Ti Sport package hatchback coupe. The paint is glossy with No major blemishes. see pictures! The interior is in excellent condition. The Leather seats are like new and show little wear. The carpets are clean and fresh. Non smoke . No odors. No pets. Two sets of floor mats for winter and summer. The leather steering wheel, Door panels and Dash are in great shape. The carpets are clean and fresh. Do Not let the highway miles fool you this unit runs and looks great! Please do not hesitate to bid. This vehicle runs and looks great!
With 170k miles, anything over $5,000 would be a bit much for this car. $3,500 to $4,000 is probably a solid bet for what would be a good, most likely hassle free and efficient commuter vehicle that would stand out from the herd.