i never generalized my statements enough to say Japanese or German. But if I we were......I would have to bring up that VWs are German cars as are Audis. Friends of mine own both and have had quite a few problems within the 1st year or 2.
Yeah I know numbers in the Mags arent always the best....but you know usually they are better than what the average Joe-Slo can muster, afterall the persons conducting the tests for the mags you could say are "professional launch artists". Not to mention, you tend to drive cars harder when you can give them back.....as the magazine testers I am sure do.
I personally tested my WRX....since we are bringing up personal numbers (I was using the mag numbers as to be unbiased)...going 0-60 (stock) in 5.2 with an aggressive launch. Now I am down to 4.54 (modified).
And I have to do it............Supras. Toyota Supras possess perhaps one of thee most durable maintenance free engines ever produced (Not to mention Nissans VQ engines). You could run a stock Supra to death and never break a single thing. Heck put an additional 200hp to the wheels and the only things you may need to replace oftern is the clutch, tires and perhaps the brakes.
Also, I would like to mention that BMW and Mercedes have special training courses for there maintenance technicians. If you think that you eventually are not going to pay for that extra "expertise" as a customer to their service departments, you are sorely mistaken.Exactly.becasue there are so many more on the road, economies of scale allow for much cheaper replacement costs. as far as frequency of servicing, both should be identical. oil changes, brakes, tires etc, (all things being equal) should fall directly in line. a bmw is MUCH more expensive to maintain than a suby, or any other jap car.