Got my own way this year. Last had a bmw 6 years ago, a 1992 E36 318i. My wife passed her test 5 years ago and picked our last 2 cars, a mk3 mondeo (not a bad car for a ford) and a freelander (the devils work).
So my turn, an E46 318i SE with 17'' wolfrace alloys. I fell in love with it and had to have it. Brought it home and in retrospect I paid too much for it, but it looks and drives like the dogs bollocks.
My wife refused to drive it the first week (called it a piece of snobby shit) as she still had the freelander, till' the ebay mug picked it up.
After a few days of driving our bimmer, she is now a bmw convert. Just hope the economy picks up as iv'e seen her watching X5's on ebay!