think all modern cars are the same, my alfa has had lots of small problems, which are slowly adding up in cost, while other family with new cars have also spent big but fewer times with major problems.
run down: all roughly same age: around 02 plate:
me; lots of mini issues, slowly costing the earth.
bmw3: few but expensive woes
bmw3 2dr: girl next door had hers towed away twice
vw bora: few but big limp home issues 2-3 times, also cost the earth.
vw passat: ok, just sensors
merc c compact: cd changer, sensors, but runs like a dog - not told mate how bad it sounds as he doesnt notice.
merc a: rad replacement and leaking oil badly
no issues for 7 years
my old rover 414 from 1990? still no issues, changed exhaust and mid pipe, coolant pipes also split - fair play after 17 years!
central locking just started playing up.
a little rust started. *the car has now done 20k?