My mates Audi A6 on 02 plate breaks down alot.........and he maintains it!!! My GTV, nearly 3 years owned, NEVER let me down once except for kangaroo MAF problem(German Part!!!) but car was still running and was driveable. This German car reliability and Italian cars are crap talk really winds me up!!! It's bol locks!!! German cars are boring and ugly(and do break down)! Italian cars are exciting, beautiful and keep going with correct maintenance and if not will break down... I know what I prefer...!
If you buy a 2 seater Italian sports car and moan about maintenance.. then you've bought the wrong car!!
German cars in GENERAL are more reliable than Italian cars in GENERAL..FACT!. your mates A6 is clearly a piece of crap and one of the several exceptions to the rule.
a guy opposite me has Golfs, he has a MK2 with over 300K miles on it and still turns over off the bat every time, never been rebuilt! He also has 3 BMW's all of which have had hardly any work on them ever..but there are models and versions of every car that have problems. My boss has an R8, its been back several times for a dodgy gearbox and a split radiator.
"German car reliability and Italian cars are crap talk" my last 3 company cars were German, all of which needed nothing more than a service each year (abate them being new). My 360 has just over 6k miles on it, serviced on the dot in the book, cared for like no other and needs to go back in the garage so many times I don't care to remember.
So lets try this out, Since I have had the luxury of owning a few cars:
2004 BMW 330CI (2004-2005) - needed a new crankshaft sensor and new ignition coil (£100 ish)
2005 Golf MK5 R32 (2005-2006) - Nothing...not a thing apart from a service
2005 Audi S4 (2006 - 2008) - rear drop links, MAF sensor (£300 ish)
1998 Toyota Supra MK4 (2009 - Current) 600BHP...hardly gets drive lol.only money spent is on mods not repairs.
2004 Ferrari 360 Modena (2009-current) - Starter Motor £700, window reg £300, pas pump...a Killer £1800 fitted!..the list goes on and gets bigger by the day.
2004 Fiat Punto mk2B (Misses car...2007 - on) - rear bushes, rear shocks, clutch, gearbox, clockspring housing inc idicators, bonnet cable, starter motor, steering column and horn.... £1000's
1999 GTV V6 (2010 - current) , rear bushes £200, rear pans and arms £100, rear tyres(50p shaped) £200, door springs breaking.£1 but £1000's of my time!, GB link bushes, fuel pump etc etc etc etc etc..
you spend money on a German car because you want to, you spend money on an Italian car because you have to!
all countries have their talents, Germans make quality cars, very reliable in GENERAL..but, FUGLY and BORING!
Italians put style, beauty and passion into everything they do, so much that other things get overlooked. My Alfa and my Ferrari drive me insane, break all the time and cause so many arguments with the misses..I have parts all over the house and garage and rarely get to drive them...BUT, i wouldn't change it for the world..I love them and every one has a story to tell, from the times they have driven you to despair, to driving down country roads in the summer with the windows down listening to that Italian song that puts hairs up on the back of your neck without a care in the world.
every tool has a job, Germans get you from A to B..Italians make you leave A and not give a **** where B is, its purpose is to make me smile..and they do.
I dont know of a single true Italian car lover/owner that doesn't have tales of horror.