I actually know a guy in his late 60s that, after years of Mercs, bought a BMW. He. Was. Miserable. Turned in the (leased) car early so as to get back into a Merc.

The biggest culprit was iDrive, which he absolutely hated with a passion that bordered on the religious. » 7/21/14 1:41pm Monday 1:41pm

Two caveats.

1) Avoid the autos like the plague. They're not even up to the stock turbo output.
2) Reinforce the engine mounts. It's actually a well documented fix to sandwich in some cut A/C hose into the engine mounts. Turns them much stiffer and much more robust.
(http://www.thesaabsite.com/FAQ—engine-ca...) » 7/17/14 10:22pm Thursday 10:22pm

Had a one year, 12,000 mile, warranty on a used MINI. Just as the warranty was ending, the alternator failed. I called the warranty company and the dealer, both of whom told me "It's covered!". They also both told me the dealer I'd bought the car from would need to do the service, as it was less than 100 miles from… » 7/15/14 5:59pm 7/15/14 5:59pm

When I was in college (in the early 90s), I dated a German girl who made a living finding American classics (Roadrunners, GTOs, Mustangs, etc) and shipping them to Germany. Got to ride in some awesome cars and also got to see how miserable some of my former dream cars were in reality. » 7/07/14 2:41pm 7/07/14 2:41pm