5. BMW 3 series - E46

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Ah, the 3 Series. The E46 model was released first as a 4-door saloon in June 1998, then a 2 door coupe came in June the next year, closely followed by the convertible, the estate and finally the hatchback. The E46 offered a sophisticated alternative to more regular family vehicles like the incredibly popular Ford Escort. You’ll still see plenty of E46s on the road nowadays because they were built from 1998 right up until 2006, with 2002 being the peak year in terms of sales as they shifted 561,249 cars across the globe

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