<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by amyndas:
<strong> I must say that if I start mentioning the problems friends of mine and colleagues have with their Audis, Golfs and even BMWs I guess u'll have a hard time buying anything for that matter
Anyway my previous car was a fantastic Punto GT (1996 model) with zero deffects!</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">GTs were quite reliable for a Fiat, that is true. Whoever had problems with his GT, was because bad usage of the turbo (temperature related).
You 'll never gonna see me in a VW/Audi car Amynda, dont worry
And I never said that the Zermans are reliable. My car is almost 2 years old with 27.000km. Most of the problems started from the first kilometers though. And its not the "bad driver". I drive since 11 years old, and my previous european car ( Peugeot 106 ) had the first problem at 75.000km,
after years of sporty driving and having a quite stiff suspension. My dad's Seat Ibiza 1.2 never had a single problem
in 9 years of ownership. No need to mention the two problem-free years of his current Hyundai. My sister's Punto (like her previous Uno) visits the garage once a month ( almost like my alfa ). Both my friends' new Puntos changed the clutch plate and disk at 10.000km. One of them has engine cutouts without being able to find the problem. Not to mention that all Fiat Stilos I know have a creaking rear suspension from brand new, interior creaks and christmas tree dashboard (reminds you of anything?) I also have friends with Opels and VWs with some problems. Never heard anyone complaining about his Focus though, so not all Germans are crap.
I respect brands like Ford or Hyundai, just because you get what you pay for. Nothing more, nothing less.
I would never get a VW or an Opel, but I will think twice before getting an Italian again. And its not just the car itself. Its the customer support that sucks too.
In fact, choosing a new car is a big problem, I dont like most of the cars out there and I cant make a choice for the next time. If I had to buy a car right now, I probably would choose a Focus, no matter how much I hate the interior.
Everyone speaks from his own experience and mine says that Italians are unfortunately still the pioneers to reliability problems ( i m not counting eastern europe cars ). Many German brands got worse and thats bad too.
 I keep hearing problems on VWs while nobody complaints about his Seat or Skoda. WTF is happening?? All Skoda and Seat owners I know are happy (and they have no reason to hide the truth, since they kept mentioning problems with their second or previous car), while VW owners keep having electronics and gearbox problems. Any opinions on this?? Could it be something related to the production line checks on each factory?