yeah it does suck. a little word of advice now that you're lowered.
always! keep your plastic under engine panel on. it probably saved me a lot of trouble. there's a huge rip in it but i'm willing to bet i would've lost my oil pan and then possibly ruined my engine if i didn't have it.
maybe even invest in a skid plate. not sure where it'd mount on the e46 though.
choose to click or forever hold your peace ;)