Comparing modern diesels to old time diesels is comparing apples and oranges. Yes, component failures are more complicated and expensive to fix. That doesn't mean these issues are common and it disregards the fact that these engines are, on a day to day basis, exceptionally more reliable and better performing than… » 7/24/14 12:53pm 7/24/14 12:53pm

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 7/21/14 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.
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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