Hi from Maryland. Owned a 1971 BMW 2002 while stationed in Germany in the early '70s. Just bought a 2011 E90 335d. Soft spot in my heart for diesel power. Must admit the 335d feels softer than my 2002 or my 1986 Jetta diesel, both of which I admittedly stiffened up a bit with performance struts. But the power difference is definitely evident. Makes me wonder if I should have opted for the sports suspension. First time member. Also owned a '73 BMW R75/5 cycle in the olden days.