My dad hit the 2000km barrier on his e46. I thought that I had to take her out and see if she is worthy of the BMW name.......
I raced a guy in a 99 Maxima off the line twice and pulled on him throughout every gear up to 120km/h......haha, he was pretty suprised to see that a wagon had beat him.
I then went up to the Oakville/Milton border area and put it through the twisties. There is a definte surge of power at about 4500rpm to the redline (Must be when the double vanos kicks in). It was very good in the tight turns, steering is very responsive and the suspension is firm and solid. If it was my car, I would have gone for the sports pkg just for the bigger wheels and firmer suspension, but none the less the sportiness feel is more then adeqaute.
The self leveling xenons were a bonus going over hills and such on the back roads in milton, it really kept the road lit up.
I find the brakes in this BMW are much more sensitive and responsive then in the e36.
The growl of the inline 6 is awsome, an CAI intake system would be awsome.....
All and all, for a wagon, the new car handles and feels just like a regular 3 series sedan. Compared to the other volvo wagons we have owned, by far this is the nicest all around pkg.