Originally Posted by LarThaL
You can get a used M for $40-50k. I don't think you need to be making $200k to afford that. A new Infiniti G35 will cost that much. It really depends what other expenses you have. Overall, If you can meet all expenses and still put away about 20% of your take home pay annually on top of your 401k, then I say you are okay in terms of affording a given lifestyle.
This is assuming a new m3.
1993 e36 325i, 1999 e46 328i, 2005 ap2 s2000, 2007 WRX STi, 2008 g37s coupe, 2009 Audi a4 2.0T Avant