you sound like a great guy to hang out with, and subject to the same vice - cars - that I've got. I sold off my e55 wagon recently because I was worried about what kind of prison rape experience I'd be having post-warranty on repairs, especially with the whole brake-by-wire thing and all, and we ordered my wife an x3 with the "peace dividend". Now that the family truxter vehicle is accounted for, I've picked up for next to nothing a '72/73 mercedes 280 SE 4.5 sedan - gorgeous, with only about 73k miles on it. I figure on driving it for about a year because it doesn't cost anything, then putting it into weekend/"parade car" rotation and getting something more recent for daily use. There's so many great things out there I'd love to have, but for the space it all takes, and the wry looks from the wife... know what i mean?