Thanks Phil. Gas mileage isnt really a problem for me. I just want to ensure that this M3 V8 Engine is just as reliable and can go just as long (life-wise) as other 3 series engines that are not as high of performance. Its a stick without SMG, so I think I scored there on all those SMG hydraulic issues and pump problems that MAY arise.
Can you see a V8 M3 being a 200,000 Mile car with frequent tuneups. Has this V8 Engine proven to be reliable. Whats the highest mileage M3 you have heard of thats had a V8.
I've owned 3 series all my life and I really dont think its that big of a deal. I feel like people over exaggerate the cost of an M3. I do know they are more expensive but they make it out to seem like they arent as reliable. Thats where my questions are really geared towards.