So errrrr didn't buy the M3 after all. The seller was a little frugal with the truth and put me right off. After looking at a couple more (nails!) I decided to put my sensible head back on again and buy what I had intended to.
So a sludger it is!
2006 520d Manual box
Totally unexciting motor but......
Bloody lovely to drive! Quiet, smooth, torquey and a nice place to be in!
Plus done a couple of long runs and average around the 50mpg mark with around 38-40 pottering about town - well happy with that.
I plan to bung some 19 inch spiders on it plus a few other bits and pieces but keep it standard lookin.
All in all well happy. Miss my M5 though