[opendtv] Re: Euro Cars

  • From: dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:51:07 -0800

Dan wrote: "(By the way, the German autos are by far the best: Volkswagen, 
Mercedes: they are what to drive)."
Dale wrote: "I suggest that you check the Consumer Reports 2008 Annual 
Auto Issue: their extensive automobile ownership research program finds 
that the reliability of European brands is average or worse and rank third 
behind Asian and American models. The most unreliable of the European 
models are VW, Audi, Jaguar and Land Rover."

I'm a big fan of Consumer Reports.  I fill out their survey every year so 
they have my data.

Certainly, the European vehicles are not nearly as reliable.  But when I 
said that Volkswagens, Audis and Mercedes (I've yet to get my hands on a 
Porsche in Germany) are the cars to drive, I am speaking about 
"Fahrvegnugen" (if that is a word).  I was really meaning driving 
performance and style.  I can't speak to long term ownership (at least not 
the modern ones).  Although I must say that that Opel was very close to 
the Volkswagens.

By the way, I think the diesel engine in the Opel I drove was 
super-charged, not a turbo.  I forget.

But then Bert suggests that I consider an Aura with a 3.5L V6.  Sure it 
might bring back the spunk (although I doubt it having had two Pontiacs 
with the 3.6L V6 and 3.1L V6, both very mild mannered, and even worse, the 
transmission coupled to them are not geared properly), but then it is back 
to poor fuel economy.

No, the diesel I drove had good torque and was coupled with a great 
transmission that both got off the line AND gave great highway economy.

I drove the Opel wagon on the Autobahn at 125MPH and it felt so secure, my 
wife didn't believe I was going that fast.  I have the video to prove it. 
Of course, one could never do that in the States even if it was legal: our 
roads are not engineered or installed like the Autobahn.

Sorry to keep the discussion going about a non-DTV related issue.


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