They are no different than other vehicles in regard to performing maintenance. You would be fine!
The 3.0i wont get much better in mpg than those 4.4i. Shop for one with sport pkg and maintenance history. Have a PPI done and base your negotiation on it. GL.
03 DINAN 540iA M-Sport (For-Sale http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...-540iA-M-Sport)
01 //M5 (soon to be DD) 06 DINAN E53 4.8iS (wife's DD), 90 Straman Z32TT (my pride & joy ride)
Gone, but not forgotten: 01 E53 3.0i, 01 525i Sport and 91 Z32TwinTurbo