seems that we've gotten off on the bad foot these past few days. Don't take it personally, i'm just playing devils advocate.
You've owned BMW's so 0don't think i think you're idiotic, i'm just reiterating...... its not buying a BMW that makes a statement, its being able to afford the upkeep that makes a statement. Shortly after my brother got his car i wanted to find out exactly how much the difference was. So i called a quick lube to inquire about a air conditioning recharge. I don't even know what i was quoted, but it was one flat rate for the service on any non-SUV. I called back the next day and asked about an AC recharged on a BMW 328i and the price was exactly double. Now we all know that the letters BMW add a premium to EVERYTHING and the letter M just increases that premium. Just keep that in mind.
In all honestly Alpine, I'm glad you're looking into getting an M. I'm just playing devils advocate because i've seen more than one person buy a car they could afford to buy and drive but didn't look forward enough (not because they weren't capable, but because they neglected too or were too impatient) to realize that they couldn't afford the premium on service and upkeep.