Hey Tom, maybe I can also put a different perspective on your situation.
A car is just a car, but to a car enthusiast, it is nearly part of the family. I was incredibly sad after selling my '99 S52 M Coupe last Summer. The most nauseating part of all is that I sold it to a Chinese mother of two who had no idea what kind of money and time went into the car.
She just exclaimed how it looked pretty and how she'll make all of her girlfriends jealous. Give me a freaking break. But you know what? In the end, I managed to make a large profit in selling the Clown Shoe and finally had means to go on a glorious vacation to the Cayman Islands with my boyfriend.
All of our "fun" money went into cars... all the time. We had to ground ourselves and bring ourselves back down to reality and realize there are many more experiences to enjoy out there in the NOW. Cars will always be around and available to enjoy!
I just pray to God I never see my "Klaus" ever again. What horrors has he seen since being in her possession? It's best not to think about it, my friend.
Edit: btw, here's Klaus. http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...y-pics-inside*
So now I drive a 2004 Honda Civic and shop for my E30 for next Summer. All comes full circle.
As for your M3. I'd gladly take that beast off your hands if my budget allowed for it.