I'm an older guy (70) and I stepped out of a 740i into an '08 3.0si and couldn't be happier. I drove a 06 Z4M after I bought the 'si' but did not get a chance to wind it up as I should have because of a tire pressure warning light during the test drive. I DO like my 'si' though, and the color (Bright Red) attracts attention wherever I go. The car drives well, is quite responsive and powerful, and is a joy to drive. Gives great gas mileage as well. I prefer shifting with the paddles for the sport car 'feel'...not a car for female passengers who like to sleep while husband drives. With the top up during inclement weather, the airconditioning system works beautifully, but there are huge blind spots, so one has to be a lot more careful. Another big plus....it takes only half as long to wash as the 740i.