I've owned BMW's (540IA, 528IA)
Porsche's (930, 944T), Shelby Cobra's
(427SC, GT500's) and many other
American muscle cars dating back to
1964. Although my 2002 M3 convertible
with a 6-speed is fast and handles well
I don't feel it is the "ultimate" BMW.
As soon as I can dump my M3 that now
sells for wholesale because of its
reputation for blown engines I'll buy
an M5 or Mercedes CLK 55 AMG.
I'm not impressed.
Fix the blown engine problems. I do
recall that BMW announced that the M3
engine warrenty has been extended so
you may want to ask about it.