Hey hey hey come on now... that civic comment was harsh... I've had quite a few cars myself that sound so much better including an AMG v8, GM LS v8's, and even an old vr6 R32 but none of those cars can get close to comparing to driving an e46 m3. So unless you plan on buying one of the better sounding M cars don't sell yourself short!
I actually like the sound of my car with a nearly open exhaust. The chaos you can hear going on inside the engine is a bit more special than anything else. But once again, that's race car get arrested kinda loud so the dump valve really is the perfect solution if you still have to commute or need to be stealthy on high speed windy roads. I'm almost talking myself out of selling mine hahaha
2002 M3 Coupe in Babypoop Yellow