I am tasked with finding a car for my 17 year old younger brother. I've looked at about 10 cars now, ranging from very very sensible (Ford Taurus) to rather irresponsible (Mazda Miata). To be honest, all of the sensible FWD sedans I looked at were in horrendous shape. You can tell that most people who buy them (Taurus drivers, I'm looking at you) beat on them mercilessly. I drove one '05 Ford Focus that made me almost clinically depressed, it was in such sorry shape for a relatively new car. I've come down to the following two cars, both under $5000 and in excellent condition: 2001 BMW 525i 5MT w/170k Pros: -Big, most likely very safe -Not too fast or powerful, encourages slow, smooth driving -Was obviously cared for by a woman who drove it almost exclusively on the highway -Parents can use it for classier nights out, looks good in the driveway -A classic - how many kids can have an E39 as their first car?? Cons: -RWD, most likely will be driven by me during the winters (this is not really a con) -High mileage - although my parents don't mind maintenance under $2k/pop (i.e. no rebuilding anything) 1997 Acura Integra GS 5MT w/120k Pros: -Probably bulletproof drivetrain, will last forever -Bone-stock -Low miles for a Honda -A classic - how many kids can have an Integra as their first car?? Cons: -A little small, a little scary for a 17 year old kid to have, encourages irresponsible driving -Nowhere near as classy as the E39 -I will never be able to drive it because I live in a city filled with Honda thieves -Previously owned by a high schooler, may have been hooned severely despite being stock My head says "go for the E39, it's probably safer", but then again, I worry about the RWD issue since my brother is absolutely, 100% not into cars. What am I missing here? Which should I choose? I don't really want to look at more cars, but suggest something else if you really, really, really feel that you need to.