Thanks! I've actually had that same thought. I think it might be the spoiler. I've always been a big BMW fan and would like to own one someday. (Technically I own a 2004 325i but that's a long story) my family owned a white e36 when I was younger and I fell in love with that car. It is really going to look like an e36 when I put my TL sideskirts on because they're the same style as the e36 skirts.
Sorry to hear about the damage, glad it wasn't worse for you and your car. Sounds like you've got a good outlook though, and the new plans sound nice. I really want to redo my retros too, maybe after all my other projects haha.
Me too, I would love a 850Ci, e46 M3, or e39 M5. But I want 4 doors so that only leaves the M5, but from the extensive research I've done it's pretty pricey to maintain. I could maybe settle for a 540 M-sport in the right guise. Anyway I absolutely adore the e46 M3, I wish to death BMW had made a 4 door version of it like the e36 and e90/92. I wouldn't hate a 2009+ 335 M-sport but again it's the maintenance costs with that TT 6cyl. I have trouble loving anything after 2006 though, that Bangle-itis just took over BMW's DNA and I feel like they can't get rid of it.