I'd just go and leave MDM on.
Ideally, you'd get a car control clinic or something similar under your belt first and run without the nannies from the start. Because at some point they just get in the way and actually make the car harder to control. The ass kicker is not when you start out but its when you're gaining skill and DSC starts getting in the way. You're not sure about your car control skills to control oversteer so you never really get into things like trail braking and throttle steering. I would say that is a common stumbling point in the learning curve. It was mine until I did a drifting practice.
I usually do DEs with the Driver's Edge. I've found that while the track time is great, the people that you meet are just as great. We have quite a large group where we all pitch in to change tires and brakes, fix cars, share water coolers and tools, and sit around and have fun bustin' each other's balls all day...to include some women.
Originally Posted by OC3
^It appears that E36 is cheaper? (around 12k for a E36 with motor swap, coilover, etc? And, around 15k for one w/ rollcage, Recaro/Sparco, 6-point harness & aero?). That, to me, is disposable. I'd push it hard, without a care for insurance.
In the cost debate of E36 vrs E90...I have one word. Fuel.
For a dedicated track car, I think the E36 is ideal. Its cheaper. And for all of the extra power in the E46...it gives it back in extra weight. Plus, parts and consumables are way cheaper. You can go with 17s on an E36...half the price of 18s.