I agree with 90% of the origional post.
I think you are giving the outgoing car too much credit in the handling department where it was a dissapointment compared to the E36. That said I am not anticipating any handling issues with the E92. You will want to pull the front camber pins ASAP when you get the car.
I expect the brakes to be inferrior compared to its competiton. Note: I am not talking about size, piston count, or any other bling specs. I am simply talking about the ability to swap pads and have it hold up for a while on the track.
I expect to really like the apearance.
If I find it to be a dissapointment I may trade it in on a Vantage V8 and call it a day.
Manual gearboxes, the rotary dial of cars.