So here's my story and what led me here.
in 2004, i purchased my dream car: a brand spankin new BMW M3 convertible. 6 speed manual, alpine white with black top and gray interior. LOVE LOVE LOVE that car. I had a few minor problems with it after the warranty ran out and YIKES, it was expensive. Bushings at 60K miles was about $2K and then power steering pump developed a problem that was another $2K to fix. But still, a super fun car to drive. Premium gas, but since I had a 6 mile commute, it wasn't an issue.
January of 2011 I got laid off, and took a different job 67 miles away. I did the commute for 6 weeks in the M3 and it was clear that wasn't gonna be a long term solution, so after much deliberation, I ditched the M3 and bought a 2012 Prius level 5 with all the gadgets including the radar cruise and lane-keep-assist. Made the commute bearable. 1 year and 40K miles later, I found an even better job much closer to home (18 miles), so I changed jobs again and here I am 7 months into the new job and loving it, but wishing I had never sold the M3 and thinking how un-inspiring the Prius is to drive.
So here I am.. A convertible guy from way back... and I hope the IS350C is everything I expect and more. I know the performance won't be the M3, but it's fun to drive and has Toyota build quality (we have a 2011 Highlander), plus more features/gadgets and it's much cheaper to keep on the road... I plan on keeping it 10 years or so.