Ohhhhh America, how you continually try to screw me.
Got caught rotten a few months ago when driving on a 2-3 mile long bridge in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night. Despite my old age, and the fact that I generally NEVER speed, I made the poor decision to wind the car through the gears. A biblical speeding ticket was my reward.
The officer was nice enough to write a number down that meant I got to drive home, and not walk, but this being America meant that things were not as simple as paying a fine and moving on.
No no, seemingly the worst thing you can do is say "yeah, I messed up, I'm Sorry". You HAVE to go to court, and you dare not plead guilty. All told, it was an expensive result, but my lawyer managed to argue it down to only 69mph.
Ever since I've been on cruise control everywhere while my wallet recovers. Then, while driving the same stretch of road coming back from the airport, I spotted something in the dark but couldn't avoid it in time.
Someone had dropped a ball hitch/tow bar in the middle of the road, which took out the exhaust system. How it even fit under the front pumper without taking out the sump, I have no idea.
So that is a $2,000 APR exhaust turned into a mangled mess. The car has been parked since while I decide if it is worth all the pain.
Getting a strong urge to try an e36 next, but a decent m3 is up around $10-15k, which isn't worth it considering they complete lack of a real M engine.