I concur whole-heartedly. I wanted to share some of my thoughts, as a sort pathos for me, and for the benefit of any readers who are sitting on the fence, deciding whether they should buy an exotic.
Since 2006, I have bought and sold almost 10 cars, some exotic, and some not. I would say that the "exotics" in the bunch, hands down, did not have the same build quality as some of the others. Due to money issues, I'm now down to only 2 cars, my SL 55 AMG and 350Z Nismo.
My SL 55 AMG is a fine machine, a lot of leather (including alcantara all over the place where real leather and glass is not, with hand stitching), great power (500 hp supercharged V8), convertible hard top without a huge butt, beautiful rims and brake calipers, nice stereo and sat/nav, air ventillated and massaging seats, etc.
But many of the other cars I had, what I would consider "exotics," stirred my soul in ways that my SL just cannot, and I don't think any Mercedes, BMW, Audi or even Porsche ever could (I had a great 911 Turbo too).
Focusing on the 2 Ferraris, 2 Maseratis, 1 Lambo and 1 Aston Martin I owned, they all shared some of the following traits.
First, the leather SMELLED LIKE LEATHER, not crayons, or other b.s. It was strong; it was intoxicating. From the moment I sat in one of these cars, the smell hit me and heightened my senses incredibly.
Second, the sound of the engine in these cars is AMAZING. Ironically, the Aston and Maser Coupe were the slowest of the bunch, but the sounds they made were almost the best. The Lambo was perhaps the most intoxicating. It made an INCREDIBLE sound when driving hard - I got pulled over by the police for "exhibition" just because of the sound of the car.
Just these two attributes - the sounds and the smells - made for a driving experience beyond what you get in a normal car. There were other issues as well, touched on in this thread, and not. The stereo in the Aston Martin, for example, WAS INCREDIBLE. It had a subwoofer underneath or behind the driver's seat, so that you felt the base course through your body. It was glorious - windows down, music blasting, engine exhaust blasting, driving hard through the canyons at 7:00 am on a weekend morning.
People who have never owned an exotic just don't get it, or don't want to get it. They focus on high cost of maintenance, temperemental nature, etc., etc. Those of you who do understand, know what I am talking about.
Another Example: When I owned these "exotics", I was always looking for "excuses" to drive - sure, babe, I'll take a run to the store to get you eggs and milk, or whatever. I can't same the same for either my SL or Nismo or any other car I've ever owned. Yes, they are fun to drive, but they can't make you feel like an exotic makes you feel. Hands down. Enough said!
I've been wanting to post to this thread for several days now, ever since I got a message on my Blackberry seeing the posts, but I've been too busy. I'm glad I got this post out of my system. My wife doesn't get it. My kids don't get it. But I've been without an exotic for 8 months now, and I miss it, miss it, miss it. Glad I can share with people who understand.
On the bright side, my debt-reduction plan continues apace, and I'm putting money in my "car fund" every month (as well as money in a "house fund" so my wife doesn't think I'm jipping her out of money at the expense of my car hobby), and so will be able to jump back in next year. I really can't wait for that! In the meantime, I got a hotel room for this weekend in downtown L.A. so I can really take my time at the L.A. Auto Show. This weekend is going to be some time for just me and my car buddies to take it all in.