1. when you flash other e46s out on the road, and hope to God for a flash back.
2. When a single rattle pisses the living **** out of you.
3. when you only park next to another BMW (but the ones you know people who care about their car are driving), or you dont park next to anyone, at the end of the lot.
4. When you deviate from your route to play with another e46 on the road
5. when you get in another car and complain to the driver about how the window switches arent in the center console
6. when you know what a "golf-tee" mod is
7. when people always ask about your "clown-nose"
8. And when, 130000 miles later, you love every bit of your car just as much as when it was new