Remember that Nikon is considered the number one brand name in popular photography, and you pay for that brand name. It's rather like Mercedes. (Leica is Rolls Royce.)
Well, I can tell you that I paid a lot of money for a Mercedes, and it is a piece of crap that I would never buy again. I'm not saying that Nikons are as well, but my point is that you might end up paying more than what the camera is really worth, just because it says 'Nikon' on the viewfinder.
If money is no object, go for it, by all means. But if you make a post such as you have, it says that money IS an object. Have you considered other brands? You might find that you will get more for your dollar with a Canon or a Minolta.
To further Illustrate, I've also owned 3 BMWs, which are considered less up-market than Mercedes, and each has been absolutely flawless, and I paid a lot less too.
Just something to consider...
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