Obviously always exception to the rule. But, when I was looking for long time on used market I rarely ever see higher mileage ones and highly reputable Indie shop here told me this week about the chronic problems and much much higher maintenance costs vs. Japanese cars. I've always wondered why German parts and labor cost so much more when both are imported. I think it's a lame excuse. BMW is garbage. But for whatever reason people continue buying them and making excuses when they have lots of big recurring problems.Yeah Toyotas had a good rep even when i worked On them. Some showed up for warranty, some didn’t. Luck of the draw i suppose
I think It comes down to a two things here honestly.
1) routine maintenance
2) how the car is driven on a day to day basis
Example: I have 2017 GTI 6MT non pp and i do My maintenance way ahead of schedule. Does that completely prevent something from going wrong? Not necessarily but i know My shit is up to date in regards to mileage and service.
A good buddy of mine had a GLI with over 150k and ran like a champ before it got totaled. I plan To ride mine out as long as possible, which will involved higher maintenance fees overtime unfortunately. (Carbon cleaning at 70k, plugs every 10k due to tune, clutch eventually (15k on stage 1 at the moment), timing chain at 100k) etc
At the end of the day, I was warned by multiple car friends, research but bought anyway. I'm hoping to pick GTI up tomorrow or day after at latest and then I have to weigh my decision on keeping it or moving on. I know I'm at just under 34k and just the 40k service with DSG is expensive not including what seems to be dash light comes on every other week.