I would advise not spending up to the top of your budget, but that is your choice. Cars (especially european ones) can be quite expensive to maintain, and if you spend right up to your max, make sure that you are allowing for repairs etc.
That being said, my first car out of college was a tuned Saab 9-3 (which i had always dreamed of) and i had no problems for many years, except for a $1200 fiber optic stereo repair and 3 new power window regulators.
2008 e93 M3 - Silverstone metallic, DCT, premium package, technology package, cold weather package
2008 335i Sedan - Sold
Last edited by zacnaud; 07-30-2012 at 12:36 PM.