Hi, I know this has nothing to do with macs, but I'm graduating college with a degree in electrical engineering and I'm about to start my first real job. My starting salary is $64k/year and I'm dying to buy my first real car. (I appologize to my current car if it reads this threat, but I'm sorry, a '99 Saturn SL is not a real car ) Since I have no debt, no wife, and no kids, I can stretch my salary pretty far. I know that the fasttrack to wealth is home ownership, and I am going to be saving a lot of money every month for a down payment on a house. But since I'm so young (22) I've decided to just save up a sizeable down payment for a house in 5-6 years and buy the car now. And yes, I'm already planning on putting money into a 401(k). My employer will match 4%, so that's going to be my contribution. Given that I'm going to be saving for retirement and also putting about $500/month away for an eventual down payment on a house, I've decided I can afford car payments somewhere in the $700-$850/month range with 7% financing at 60 months with $4000 down. That would make the purchase price of the car somwhere around $35000-$43000. Anyway, I can't decide between a roadster or a sedan, so I'm going to list both. I like the idea of getting a convertible roadster just bceause they're sporty and look nice, plus my friend drives a convertible and there's nothing quite like putting the top down for an evening cruise around town. However, I like the idea of a sedan because a sedan would offer a much smoother, quieter, more comfortable ride, especially on the occasional road trip. The roadsters I'm considering are the BMW Z4 3.0i (first choice among all cars), BMW Z4 3.0si, and Mercedes SLK280. The Sedans I'm considering are the BMW 330i, Mercedes C350, Lexus GS300 and ES350, Infinity M35, and Acura TL. I was wondering if anyone has driven or owns any of these cars, if anyone has any suggestions about which one to get, or if anyone wants to suggest a model that is not on my list. Do you own a roadster or a convertible? Does the increased harshness and loudness of the ride ever bother you? Do you own a car that you love, isn't on my list, but has similar properites to the cars on my list? Do you have a general opinion about the quality of BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Infiniti, or Acura? How are the support and service departments of these car companies? I want to hear from you. Please post replies.