PS- I don't know any M3 owners getting a headache from the 1 M....If you can afford an M3, there is no reason to buy the 1 M over it, the M3 is better in everyway[/quote]
Actually I could afford both. But for me the M3 was too big. Thats my choice -- You can have your choice. At any price it was too big. In size it reminded me of the 5 series my mom drove before she died at 95. too big, too big for me.
That doesn't mean it isn't the perfect car for you.