"The only real complaint, being a car enthusiast, is that it is a little too quiet. I would like to hear the engine more, and the car is quick, but there is not a lot of torque, so I would like to feel it more."
Sounds like you would like the new 335i twin turbo. It's got about 300 lb-ft of torque at only 1500 RPM. Your still probably not going to hear much engine noise though since BMW's engines in general have a turbine like feel and smoothness to them, but if you become a BMW fan you'll come to appreciate that too. Any powerful engine can be loud and rumbly, but to have a powerful engine that's turbine smooth and fairly quiet has a different and special feeling to it.
What possible patriotic reason could you have for buying American? Most of the parts and a lot of the actual cars/trucks aren't even made by AMERICANS. And a lot of BMW models are made here.
Throw on a cold air intake if you want to hear the engine. rpm's past 3K and on sound amazing.
I wrote the original review, and apart from a few more annoying failures like my thermometer reading -35' all the time, and random error messages that disappear, I'm still in love.
My car now has a AFE cold air intake and Jim Conforti shark software installed; it's a lot louder, and little quicker, and burns more gas, but it was totally worth it.
My car now has 83,000 miles on it.