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Old 02-12-2013, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by brian5 View Post
You're comparing apples to oranges. The 3-series that you drove, years ago, was for the local Africa market. Things have changed; they are now exported globally so I would expect the quality to be much better (and it is --- I have driven 3-series as loaners here).

Mercedes Benz and other cars are also made in South Africa for the Africa market. I don't know if they export them but their quality was never expected to be what one would find in Europe or the USA.
I'm sure you are mostly right but given the choice I'd rather have a German built BMW. The culture and status of a car builder even the lowest position in Germany is long and strong, it breads a quality awareness and pride among the builders that is very difficult if not nearly impossible to replicate. You can replace some of that with strong quality rules and assurance but not all of it. Japan is even better in this regard. It's mostly robotics today but they need maintenance and tuning as well.

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