I am curious to see what responses you get.
Why do you need/want a luxury car? Would you consider a fully loaded non-luxury brand car?
I would let your desire fuel heavy research on the good and bad generations, certain years have more problems than others. My coworkers mom has a new X5, he said theyve spent $10k in repairs, albeit, all under warranty.
I would like to buy a bmw or audi after my mazda makes it to 200k (currently at 145k, i bought it with 103k), and my thought is to hang onto a solid $3k or so when i buy a bmw etc for repairs. I wouldnt leave myself with little money right when i buy it, cause repairs truly are expensive.
I wonder if certain years, or just plain older ones (bmws audis etc) are cheaper to repair.
Would you be looking exclusively for a manual? I believe they are generally less prone to issues and cheaper to repair.