I have determined my realistic goal car.S

A Porsche 997 Carrera S.

Of course, as a student in third year, this will take a while. But even in Canada - the land of auto price inflation - I'm seeing decent early examples going for $40k. I don't think the prices will get too low on these (it really depends on how many 991s they sell), but I think I'll be looking at some good deals when I'm ready. Plus, I haven't heard any maintenance horror stories (other than the obvious "everything costs more" rule for luxury marques).