The headline doesn't really leave much suspense in this story. I even purchased the same model. An E90 M3 with the 6-speed manual.

Here's my previous one. A 2008 in Sparkling Graphite over Bamboo leather I purchased from the original owner. He was only selling to purchase an Alpina D3.

It served me well through the 15 or so months I owned it. It was fairly basic options wise, passive suspension, no NAV, only the premium pack including the leather seats, sunroof, fancy dimming mirrors and finally heated seats. I wish it was a solid roof but I can't complain for the price I paid for it.

I had casually listed it for sale not thinking I'd get many offers over the winter months. I was toying with getting a P-car or finding another E46 M3 to build into a full-on track car to replace my aging E36. I had a few tire kickers and lowballers then finally a lad called me up and pretty much bought it over the phone. We had a quick test drive, the funds were in my account the next day and it was gone within a couple days.

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Shortly after it was gone I had an itch. So I went to the doctor and got some cream for it. Then I wanted to find my P-car or get into a new F80 M3. My problem with the new M3 is, while brilliant in every way, just doesn't make me feel a part of the experience. I've had quite a bit of seat time in DCT versions and it's too much like a video game. Maybe I need to find a manual version to try but I just haven't fallen head over heels for it yet. I wanted to wait for the M2 but info wasn't coming fast enough and my auto ADD is pretty terrible.

So onto the rest of the story...

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Let me say, the X1 is a fine machine. But while it's built upon the E91 platform it just isn't as big as the 3er wagon. Nor does it come with a manual transmission for the US market. It does come with an optional N55 inline-6 motor making 300hp and as many torques. For a vehicle in this segment it is quite a sleeper and the M-sport package does some clever things with the diff to give up to 80% of the power to the rear wheels.

The interior is typical BMW albeit more 1-series than a 3er. The steering wheel is great to grip and the paddles work just fine. Plus it has a regular gear selector instead of the crazy toggle mechanism that is typical these days.

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So whilst all these points are fantastic and it's a great family vehicle it just wasn't what my wife wanted to drive everyday. Before kids we had a R53 Cooper S that she adored. We tried the Countryman afterwards but it couldn't live up to the little hardtop. I thought more power could be the answer. After 14 months with the X1 she just wanted to row through the gears again. She enjoyed driving my E90 while I had it. And this gave me an idea...

I regretted selling my E90, no doubt. The S65 is a special motor in my eyes and I wanted to keep one of these in my stable. I saw a local US-spec E90 in the local auto listings and gave a call to the owner. He was selling to buy a new X5 and raise capital to build a house so I arranged a test drive for my wife and I. She loved rowing the gears again and funny enough there is actually more front seat room with our rear-facing baby seat than in the X1. My wife was sold.

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Specs are: LeMans blue over Black leather. Nearly all options save for park-distance control. I would have preferred fewer gadgets but the X1 had just as many and my wife actually uses them.

The X1 is leaving the fleet soon. We enjoyed it, but in the end the desire for a third pedal won out.

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#savethemanuals :D

Below are some additional pics of the car and my friend's E90 M3 in Interlagos Blue.

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Meanwhile, I'm still trying to figure out what I want again. I'm waiting for more info on the M2, weighing that against the LCI F80 M3 or a used P-car. #firstworldproblems for sure, but life is too short to drive boring cars.