I've had a German car: Opel Rallye. Only three main bearings (!) but it got me through grad school and the first few years at UF as a prof. Many long drives in it. Sold my Fiat 1500 Cabriolet (too finicky) to buy it. In 1985 I bought my only new car: VW Jetta, 5-speed, sunroof, alloy wheels. Nice driving car, but the sun roof leaked and it was noisy on the road.