This E82 generation 1 Series is right in the sweet spot in terms of price, condition, and spec. As a 2011, it has the terrific N55 inline six putting out 300 hp, and it also has just enough miles to still look great without being too perfect to actually enjoy. Plus it has the quick-shifting 7-speed DCT automated manual gearbox, which was otherwise only available on the M3, 335is, or Z4. Finally, bonus points for not having the silly nav screen popping up in the middle of the dash.
Offered on craigslist HERE by a private seller in the Seattle area for $16,500, which is about right assuming the car has no outstanding issues. It’s been listed for a few weeks now, so if it’s still available, this might be a good time to make an offer.