a.) Yeah that about sums it up, I just hate that for the lease deal they give you no choices, get stuck with auto, no m-sport etc. That is a dealbreaker for me! The only other way you can get your payment down that far is doing an Euro Delivery.. need to buy the vacation to Germany but your lease payments drop through the floor. It pays for itself over the term. Get in touch with Ryan Amico (GOLFRR) if you want to look into it.
b.) No sweat dude, just throwing out the option! I pursue the alternate option which is to live in Texas with a best friend in Boulder who has the season pass and the snow wagon haha.
Best of luck!