That doesn't sound too bad really. My comment was really directed at the fact that you mentioned that e46s are a dime a dozen. It's true but it wouldn't be the reason I went to a new m3. The new m3 is fantastic and that's why I would upgrade.
I've never cared for what others think. If a new m3 was $10000 new and everyone had one.. So would I lol. just because it's badass. I make myself happy driving late at night pushing the car on the back roads not feeling cool having a car not many other people have/can afford.
Not to sound all negative towards you I'm sure there were many reasons for upgrading and all the more power to you. What color did you get?