Purchased: July 1994 (NJ, USA)
Engine: 3.0 litre V6
Transmission: 5 speed
Color: Black exterior, grey cloth interior
Options: Had a cool BOSE stereo (standard in the SE), tinted rear windows, and an electric moonroof. I thought that was pretty neat (but then again, I thought digital watches were pretty neat too...) Although not shown in this picture, the car also had a subtle 'spoiler' on the trunk lid (somewhat like the late 1990s Mustangs - perhaps a portent of things to come?)
Story: I'd just moved to the US, and needed reliable wheels in a hurry. I was also concerned about the upcoming winter, and figured a front wheel drive manual/stick shift would be better than a rear wheel drive 1980s BMW (which I almost considered buying at the time).