my dad is looking for a luxury car at around 60K and because our family as a whole has never had a chance to buy something so expensive, we just have no clue..! he's got a GS300 with around 200k miles now, and he is the type of person who puts fusion tires on his lexus instead of michelin all-seasons or bridgestones.. so, because i knew he just wanted a car that can pose in front of his clients (real estate) and not break his wallet, lexus was an ideal choice for the first luxury car because the parts were relatively cheaper than german makes, not to mention that it hasnt had a SINGLE problem for 120K miles. but now, he wants a MB s-class (probably the generation before the current one) and step up (even though i KNOW for a fact he`s gonna go put cheap tires, and everything cheap to get by haha- he uses reg. engine oil instead of synthetic on his lexus :eek3 my dilemma is that, if he is going to buy a luxury car to pose in, i`d really like for him to purchase the maserati quattroporte. i see used ones for around 60-70k, and i think that is a superb deal. however, the idea of maintaining a car with a ferrari engine freaks me out (financially) and because he drives long distance all the time the car has to be reliable. it will surely stand out anywhere you go though... i mean how many s-class and 7-series do you see everyday compared to a maserati? another good alternative is the E-class BLUETEC (diesel) and that car gets 35 mpg, and it has laser cruise control, etc. it's the best compromise for our family, but it's not as unique and pretty like the maserati. same story with the lexus ES and GS. we were looking at the GS hybrid, but the gas mileage is not as impressive as we thought. and my dad and i both agree that ES is just a prettier camry. but then again, maybe we`re not ready to move up to the high-end luxury cars yet if we fringe at expensive tires, gas mileage, etc. our first car in america was a 84 VW sedan that was literally falling apart haha. if you guys have some suggestions, please let me know.