Thanks for the link Dackelone, definitely a good read. The 128 is kind one of its own, as I don't see any of its direct competitors being RWD. A huge advantage in my book.
As for modding... already looking at wheels for summer tires (the stockers would have snows put on them as soon as necessary). I haven't ever really caught the mod bug before, but I could see a handling mod or two being made, if I do go with the BMW.