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post #1 of 27 Old 02-16-2010, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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German Cars: Yay or Nay?

I wanted your opinions on German cars. I use to never be a big fan but I'm starting to really like VW and Porsche. When I was in HS, VW was very very popular (They were also douches), but never payed much attention to the cars.

For awhile, German cars screamed EGO (To me) but I'm trying to open up my horizons a bit and see what else is out there. I'm not anywhere close to buying a car right now so don't think I'm going to the dark side, just looking.

EDIT: I have my next car purchase set it stone, for 5 years I've been wanting this ride...and it's a V8!
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been around bmw's and benz my entire life, Love them but hate them as well. Kinda have a limit to certain models and the mod's that can be add'd. Sure you can Mod any car but I have noticed that these german whips have allot of problems with most of their dramatic mod's, or even some small ones. Also kinda love hate the style as well! Like how they look off the bat but over time they look old fast and all need a new look very badly!! But if aint broke don't fix it.
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S5. All I am really interested in.

I suppose I would "settle" for a C63 or S65.

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S5. All I am really interested in.

I suppose I would "settle" for a C63 or S65.
Interested enough to actually buy it or no?
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Benz and BMW make some nice vehicles. VW is like Bayliner in the boat market.

Overpriced and Service cost makes them undesirable unless you have so much money it isn't really a factor

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Most German cars are fun to drive, no doubt about it.
But when (not if, but when) they break, you better have a warranty or you'll need another loan to fix it. WOW are they pricey to fix.
In my experience, I've seen a lot of electrical problems in German cars.

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been around bmw's and benz my entire life, Love them but hate them as well. Kinda have a limit to certain models and the mod's that can be add'd. Sure you can Mod any car but I have noticed that these german whips have allot of problems with most of their dramatic mod's, or even some small ones. Also kinda love hate the style as well! Like how they look off the bat but over time they look old fast and all need a new look very badly!! But if aint broke don't fix it.
I agree, with few exceptions I'd say they're almost over-engineered. Most get the best performance you can hope for in a 3-5 litre engine, factory.

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Interested enough to actually buy it or no?
I would choose the S5 over the CTSV based on looks alone. It would be difficult for me to choose the S5 over the CTSV on power since it has 200hp less.

The AWD and nomenclature would be nice, but it would be difficult to choose with the power deficit. It sure is a sexy car, though.

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Most German cars are fun to drive, no doubt about it.
But when (not if, but when) they break, you better have a warranty or you'll need another loan to fix it. WOW are they pricey to fix.
In my experience, I've seen a lot of electrical problems in German cars.
I agree but also in my past have to say that the caddillac's are the king of electrical problems! my folks are cadi people and they have had every single caddi over 6 different models makes etc... all have electrical problems! But I had a S-500 and it had horrible electrical problems as well so agree, but say that cadi still holds the lead
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Okay so my next question is, since you guys are saying they are expensive to fix, is that because the parts are expensive or the card is hard to work on?

I can see where a german car might be expensive since it's...german and parts are from germany? Or because the germans designed them differently and they are much different than a camaro or corvette?

I'm confused.
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