review on that car, compared to mine:
-the stereo is incredible, went without distortion to louder volume than i can tolerate (which is a statement of some distinction.) on the way back "soul meets body" came on the radio and i cruised leisurely back on 85/280 at a steady 95mph (not my gas money :) while thinking of someone whose company i'd have enjoyed. reading track names off of radio signals is a nice feature that i now wish i had.
-DSC is sucking teh donkey balls; other than that, even the 2.5-liter inline six is a great mill. nothing like scosol's m3, of course, but more than i was expecting from a base-model, even given that it had the sport-package 17" wheels on it. very slightly lower power:weight ratio than my car, but the 24-valve sixes feel much smoother and more refined.
-not sure i agree with nrubenstein about new bimmers being more twitchy at the limit. after i went "oh, that's right" and slapped the DSC computer into submission, i got a few nice wide arcs out of the thing, with much less input correction than i would have used in my e30. but seeing as he's a "hardcore track" guy and i'm a "drift enthusiast" type, that might be an apples:oranges comparison.
yeah, i know, i'm gonna start losing you guys if i don't post about something other than cars soon. well, i will.