Originally Posted by Villanofun
I have the money stashed for an extended warranty and/or a major repair bill. My real decision to make was whether I wanted to spend the extra $10,000 it will cost to own the M over a 135, and I think I would kick myself if I didn't. This is probably the only time in my life I'll be able to get away with a reckless spending decision and a V8 coupe before I have family and life responsibilities. Also, correct me if I am wrong, the E92 will hold more residual value than the 135i will, thus it is possible that it will be a better "investment."
I have been getting butterflies just thinking about owning the M!
Not sure which would retain its value better. Over the long haul, the e9X M3 will be worth something because of the S65, but you may be talking decade down the road. Indeed the M3 is a thrilling car to drive and you'll get tons of fun out of it. If you can afford it without cramping your lifestyle, go for it!