1. g35 - leases are bad money wise. otherwise, good choice.

2. 02 benz - too heavy, engine is too weak. interior is not even close to MB and resale value is gonna suck.

3. BMW 3 - excellent used choice - 5 series even better bargain used. but it holds its resale so dont expect anything too new.

4. audi a4 - 90% sold with quattro - so get dont get stuck with a FWD version. just like all german rides, be prepared to pay for repairs. go for at least 99.5 + models.

5. boxster - hot little car - you will NOT be able to change the oil yourself unless you have a lift in your garage. check w the porsche dealer's rep - i've known too many people getting screwed/blacklisted by their dealer.