https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=47&t=1554034) which I absolutely loved, it surprised me on so many different levels, I've never really been a 'VAG fan boy' but I don't have a burning hatred for them like a lot of people seem to have!! ...if you haven't driven one properly, which I understand is difficult on a 10-15 minute test drive, then I urge you to try and get hold of one for longer and drive it on some interesting roads because they really do show their worth the harder you drive them; until that point they feel very VAG-like and plain IMO. Anyway back on topic and apologies for the bits of copy/pasting from the last big post on my Golf R thread above! After realising that the sound of a car is one of the things which I really value in a car (looking back at my history of cars, there's a lot of character in the noises that the ones I have fondest memories of made) along with the fact that I like RWD because it adds an extra dimension to the driving experience that you can't get with FWD and most 4WD cars... it kind of meant that my days with the Golf had become numbered, which was a sad realisation! B7 RS4, TTRS (I was very close to leaving a deposit on a Plus!) and C63 AMG were all ruled out as potential replacements for various reasons; to be honest I didn't feel like I really had many options left apart from an E9* M3 with a manual gearbox... and so the start of a semi serious/part time search for an LCI M3 with a nice specification and manual gearbox in either Coupe or Saloon flavour began. Fast forward about few months, I drove a white E92 LCI which ticked most of my boxes but I was left a little cold by it after looking through the history and finding that it didn't add up to exactly how it had been advertised to me in the pre-visit communication and then not finding anything else that took my fancy for the next wee while... I was even seriously considering a TTRS Plus but eventually realised that jumping into that might be the wrong thing to do and continued on my search for an M3. So fast forward some more and I turned up a 2010 M3 Competition Pack in quite a rare colour combination with a decent spec, low miles/owners, full BMW service history and the all important manual gearbox. E92 M3 Competition Pack by rsgrant, on Flickr A test drive, some negotiation, a lot of hard thinking and a cup of tea later saw a deposit left on it... I'm really going to miss the Golf, it is a fantastic car and has surprised me on so many levels; and this might very well turn out to be the wrong decision but after a long year dealing with big issues then I subscribe to the 'life's too short' way and thinking more than ever and didn't want to hold off and procrastinate over 'what ifs' any longer so I've taken the plunge and will see what happens! Here is the spec list that I was given for the car: A52 - Space Grey NDH2 - Fox Red Extended Leather XE8 - Piano Black Inlay 223 - EDC 6FL - USB Audio Interface 612 - BMW Assist 616 - BMW Assist Online Portal 620 - Voice Control 633 - Enhanced Bluetooth Telephone Functionality 654 - DAB Digital Radio 676 - Loudspeaker System - BMW Advanced 7MA - Competition Package 761 - Sun Protection Glass BMW Carbon M-Performance Rear Spoiler BMW Carbon M-Performance Front Corner Splitters Black Kidney Grills The only photos (apart from the one I took outside with the trade plates next to the Golf) are from the advert, but they'll work well as a kick off: bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-1 by rsgrant, on Flickr bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-2 by rsgrant, on Flickr bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-3 by rsgrant, on Flickr bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-7 by rsgrant, on Flickr bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-8 by rsgrant, on Flickr bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-9 by rsgrant, on Flickr bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-16 by rsgrant, on Flickr bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234632881-32 by rsgrant, on Flickr Hopefully be collecting the car within the next week, just waiting for my numberplate to go onto retention/be transferred to the M3 and I'll be good to go.. will be try to keep the thread updated with my thoughts/pictures too.