Thanks a lot, thumper. The one I was looking at would have the N54, so I guess that's something to think about. Car only has a little warranty left, so I guess I need to research that some more.
I did drive an e92 last year and was very unimpressed... Thing drove like an Accord. From what I read later, it was because it didn't have the sport suspension. Sounds like the 1 series is similar.
And only a MT for me... In 20+ years of driving I've never once owned an automatic and hopefully never will!