Since the invention of the automobile, possibly by German Karl Benz, the automobile has become the standard of personal transportation. Germany is home to make firsts, like Nikolaus August Otto's four stroke engine in 1876. The automobile industry in German manufactures close to 10 million cars each year. And of course in today's world German automobiles like Audi, BMW, and Porsche to Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen — are built throughout the world.
Although Audi stand by itself, it is owned by the Volkswagen Group. It does extremely well with European sales and is considered considered to have the best quality of all commercial auto manufacturers. Although highly regarded for new car sales and reliability, used car repair problems are generally pricey.
BMW is known here in the U.S. as the “Ultimate Driving Machine.” The company was founded in 1913. Originally an aircraft engine manufacturer, its V12 engines and powerful smaller, more compact engine blocks give the BMW the ability to fly down the road . . . even in a family sedan. BMW belongs in the same class as Mercedes Benz and Porsche.
Well crafted and deeply seated in sports minds, Porsche always delivers in the racing department. There is nothing like the growl of a well-tuned Porsche.
Offering vehicles that are both sporty and sedate, Mercedes Benz produces cars that last. Many owner are proud to retain and maintain their Mercedes for twenty years or more.
The VW Beetle has been an Amercian and world wide favorite since the sixties. It's always offered value, reliability, and economy. Volkswagen generally have high trade-in values.
The Good News:
MoJo Motors recently published a list of the Ten Best Used Cars Under $10,000. Two were from German manufacturers:
BMW 3 Series
The Bad News:
Autoexpress.co.uk released a study in 2013 that revealed problems with Audi, BMW and VW ranked in the bottom 10 of engine reliability - "German-made cars are not as reliable as many believe, according to new research. Warranty Direct has studied its claims data to compile a list of the manufacturers with the most reliable engines - and Audi, BMW and Volkswagen all finished in the bottom 10 out of a total 36 makers."
"I've had four German vehicles. The Mercedes 220 was like driving an easy chair down the road. The Audi was a rat hole for repairs. My favorite was my Powder Blue 1973 Super Beetle. It was great for commuting, but really lacked power, especially if I had my three kids with me."
-- Don Doman
All Transmissions and Automotive is proud to service and repair all German vehicles. Give us a call now at 253-627-0252 and let us help you if you suspect your German vehicle is not working properly.