Thanks Un_limited, I am somewhat handy around cars but I would buy an extended warranty as I know BMW parts are not exactly cheap! One thing I do like however is the HUUUGE aftermarket community for these rides. That is part of the attraction to it right there!
I think I've finalized my decision to a Black E92 at this point. I'm looking for one loaded under $50K. I am pretty sure I want the 6MT because I think the DCT is like a tiptronic automagic shifter and I want a manual FOR SURE. I've got a few in my sights but I need to wait a few days on this Jeep fiasco and let my blood stop boiling before I go pulling the trigger. I'd love nothing more than to get the Jeep after a year of waiting and wishing only for that vehicle, so this is like a total whirlwind 180 I'm in the middle of. I just know either way when it's over even if I go plan B and get the M3, I will be VERY happy!
Any more feedback or advice when looking for this is most welcomed!!