My situation is rather unusual.. I've been driving on and off for twenty years but on a provisional license for most of that - exactly why is a long and irrelevant story - but anyway I finally got around to taking and passing my test first time just over a year ago. Since then I've driven over 20,000 miles in a Ford Puma, with a 150 mile round trip commute three days a week (with a very varied route) plus several long driving tours of North Yorkshire and Scotland (so I've not just driven the same 20 miles 1,000 times). I've learned my limits and my car's limits. So, I'm currently planning to buy an E46 M3 and have looked at several so far - but I'm just wondering if I'm going to end up in the middle of a ditch by the end of the week!? How much driving experience did most people have here before going up to an M3? I guess there's an argument to say "if you're not sure you're ready, you're not ready" but from my point of view I'm just having a good look at what I'm getting myself into. What I'm thinking is: DSC stays on, good tyres stay on, a bit of self-restraint on the gas, and I'll be fine - do you agree?!