Hey everyone! Thanks for all of the input on what car to get. I know it is quite a while after my original post but with school so busy I haven't had time to worry about getting a new car. However, now I am revisiting getting a new car and I am pretty sure that I have decided on an e46 m3. I read the first several pages of my original thread, until it started going way off topic, and took your suggestions into consideration. I know many think that no one under 30 should have a car with any more hp than a moped but I respectfully disagree. I am not the stereotypical wild college teen. I am very responsible and always drive safely on public roads. I know that going a little bit over the edge on the street is never worth the possible risks I'd be taking. I believe that if I want to take the car to the edge, then I will wait until I am in a controlled environment with an instructor. That said, I am looking for an e46 m3 with the competition package and hope to get one in the next couple months. Now I am only debating between stick and smg. I don't want people to go off battling over the two. I have read many opinions about both and believe I just need to try both for myself. Thanks again for all the input. It is really cool to have a community of fellow bmw enthusiasts that have so much to share! Hopefully I can report back soon on a purchase and become more active in the club!