I would, however, like to respond to all of the valid points in response to my ownership costs.
1. Yes I am getting ripped off by the stealership and I know it.
2. As I've said, I cannot service the car myself, and nobody around would do it other than the stealer.
3. I was well aware of the high maintenance costs of the vehicle when I purchased it. This is why none of the issues I've ever fixed with mine were ever a surprise, unlike they might have been for a lot of other owners. I've seen a lot of people buy the V10 beast, and then sell it within 2 years because they just couldn't cope with the maintenance costs.
4. Recently I did figure out a way for myself to save, I buy parts myself and just have dealer install them. The maintenance costs have dropped about 50% because of that. The only downside, the parts have to be OEM, otherwise they don't touch them.
I'm guessing every single car you've owned has been a money pit.
Considering how my M5 is the only car I've ever owned, that'd be a no.
Yes, I've spent a ton of money on my car, yes I baby it. Yes it's illogical. But I love my car and love defies logic. I bought what I liked, and I drive what I like. And I don't care how much it costs because the car I drive is my favorite car in the world right now.
Isn't that what happiness is all about? :P
But of course, I am trying to save money where I can, not being completely stupid about it. I just have to deal with certain limitations of my situation (absence of good indy and my own garage). But whatever it is, no expense is ever spared on the M or the missus.