So 1-2 years ago, I really wanted a Boxer. At the time, I would have been restricted to a $175k level car (yes few and far between) even with some financing (up to $50k) help. After being hit with a tack hammer verbally a few times from Newman, I realized that even if I could buy the car I couldn't both pay off the loan and give it the $30-40k in near immediate maintenance a car in that price category would need. Now a couple of years on, my car fund has grown significantly and the prices have settled back a bit. Using less financing, I would now be able to look at cars in the $240k area. Would I now have a good enough budget that if the right car (condition) could be bought that I could maintain it (using a Houston area indy shop) with a $5k per year budget (my definition of reasonable)? I find my '99 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster maintenance bills average $6k a year and I certainly get WAY more pleasure than what I spend to maintain (actually improve it). The only other car that gets me fired up about is a '05-06 Ford GT, so before I go and buy one of those just wanted to get a Boxer market update from the experts here.