I have owned 3 M3's (95,98 and 02, also a 540 6sp. I was shopping for a used M5 when I stumbled across this car. Some complain about handling, road feel, etc, but after a couple dcays driving I have gotten used to the awd and turbo. This car is every bit as enjoyable to drive as my 02 M3 for about 20K less. Build quality is better. Car is definitely faster than the 95 or 98 M3 and darn close to the 02. I got my 05 \with every option except NAV for 11K off sticker. Also drove the lexus is350 and infinite m45. Prefer the volvo. GREAT CAR.
Design in and out. Controls make sense. No silly idrive. Lots of power. Extremely sweet exhaust note. Handle great. Mine came with some cool "prancing moose" decals on the front fenders a la Ferrari. I swear I had three different people compliment me on my new Ferrari sedan