I live in Catonsville near old town ellicott city.
Regarding the miles, I'm not to concerned since it fit my budget and everything feels tight. No pulsing breaks, clutch is smooth, not a single rattle and this it was by far the fastest M3 I tested. I have no clue why but it is noticeably quicker.
about the MT, I read some people complaining about it but when ever you get on this trans it becomes silky smooth and is extremely quick. The rough transmission while poking around town serves to remind me what beast is hiding behind all the leather and creature comforts.
ever since I was a 6 and shifting for my dad in his Saab I would check any sports car I would see in a parking lot. If it was automatic I would shake my head and say what a waste. A few owners over heard me telling my dad. Looking back on it now it makes me chuckle. It was a 6 year old telling the mid life crisis corvette drivers to man up and get a real car.
there is nothing quite like heel toeing in the M before the nose of the car dives into the corner and doing a four wheel drift on the way out. Kind of makes want to go for a drive right now. Such an amazing machine.