Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by dragon1976, Aug 8, 2003.
Read BBC Report:
Personally I've never really bought into the idea of Germany producing the most reliable cars. The best build quality until recently, but never the best reliability.
Partly the German marques have slipped as other manufacturers have worked on improving their reliabilty. Although I do believe that companies such as VW and Mercedes are letting standards slip. I just read reports on the new VW Touran and Touraeg, both of which came under fire for poor quality detailing. Mercedes post Daimler-Chrysler have also let build quality fall.
Lexus has created a false standard.
kinda sad to see German car companies slipping.
back in the 1980's nothing could touch Mercedes for example in terms of reliability. there are still 300E's running around with 300,000+ miles on their clocks and still running strong. and even older cars like the SE's and SEC's are running around with lots of miles but still with tank-like solidness and reliability.
Atleast BMW and Mercedes provide free maintenance and fix any problems for free.
My M3 got a brand new transmission b/c they couldn't figure out what was wrong with it till the bmw regional rep tech told them it was a f*cked up flywheel.
Audi also provides free maintenance for the duration of the warranty, which, at 4 years/50,000 miles, is nothing to sneeze at. The only thing I'll have to pay for is tires. Even the wiper blades that I had replaced this month were free.
and they even cover brake pads