i bought mine november 03, put 20k so far.
IT RULES. RULES. handling is better than m3. this is likely the best 3 series ever.
1. it needs to have non-staggered tires: i went to dunlop racing wets 235/40 x 18 on all corners. otherwise it will slighlty understeer.
2. braided brake lines, hawk pads and powerslot rotors improved the brakes tremendously. stock set up is ok, just like any 330.
3. clutch is stock , and picks up high. not bad, but not m3 class.
4. the car is fairly slow, but noticeably faster than regular 330. fast enough for daily driver.
the pp option was the best $4000 i ever spent. on anything. ever.