Great write up and comparison. For those of us not lucky enough to have experienced the magic of the E46 it is especially meaningful. It does seem like there a quite a few posters so far that were having a bad Thursday evening - witness the negativity. And your response to the negativity was admirably restrained.
For those of us legitimately interested in your comparisons, please do post after your 1200 mile break in.
I will bookmark your post for more in depth reading after my morning coffee.
And thanks again for the post.