we're looking at a new car... and there aren't many choices if u don't want suv but want space to carry stuff.. e class wagon, simple 30k maintenance costs 2k. gl with bmw after warranty expires. maybe audi.. don't want a vw. i'm open to suggestions..
Audi's are more expensive to operate than VW's and their parts are (I believe) interchangeable for the most part, at least on the older cars. My wife's 98 Jetta has audi ringed parts on it.
Plus VW/Audi transmissions are junk and fall apart @ 100k (the autos).