The article does relate to some specific models, with specific faults and like all marques, each have their faults with something. In general, German cars are very well engineered and I've owned x3 VW's.. Passat's and our current 59 plate Touran from new. Apart from servicing through my dealer plan, all I've replaced in 5 years are two sets of tyres and wipers.. Consumables. Interior build quality is first class with the kids and dog, so stands up to family living.
Obviously, I love my V6 GTV which is purely my third car for summer fun. The Alfa driving experience puts you in touch with how driving should be. Plus, it's a special place to be and 2.5 years on, I'm still grinning
(cost me a few quid, but now I've got a properly sorted example).
Did a 156 Veloce as a daily driver.. Great driving experience, but bloody useless as a 25k pa motorway muncher!.. Expensive to run/maintain, poor seat design, no storage, cup holders, useless turning circle.. But I bloody loved that car, it was always a head turner
Audi was originally Auto Union, where Hitler commissioned them to build the fastest race car of the era. In terms of engineering it was way ahead of it's time.
I still take a German car over anything French!... had an almost new Renault Sport Clio 172 ... as reliable as a chocolate teapot