When you see an M3 around your neighborhood, you will regret it and kick yourself in the arse. When I bought my E46 M3, I was lookings at the 330ci at the time and my salesperson persuaded me on the M3. He was right and he knew what I was looking for especially, the prestegious M3.
For what it's worth,
2008 Porsche Carrera 4S
Champion RS98 wheels, X51 Headers, FVD Brombacher 200 Cell Cats, FVD Tune, X51 Throttle Body, Maxspeed Plenum, and Rear seat delete.