You know what they say, what's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW? A BWM has it's pr*cks on the inside.
Honda build Accords in the United States... hence the "1" at the beginning of their VIN numbers. The rest of the cars ARE built in Mexico and are of HORRIBLE quality (as is the Honda Accord, regrettably)
PLUS - Yes, Mexican, Russian, Argentinean, Brazilian made cars ARE of vastly worse quality (This is NOT ethnically based, as it is coming from a Russian citizen) because the pay, training and quality standards are lax compared to Japan or Germany - perhaps that is why the Turkish BMW workers put out good cars - not because they are Turkish, as you (probably unwittingly) suggested, but because the Standards, Training, and Pay are up to snuff.
Design and Engineering are a separate issue... however if you compare the Lexus RX 330s made in Canada (Plagued by horrible transmission problems) with the few that were made in Japan, you will see same engineering and design, but stark difference in quality due to assembly differences on the different plants.
I have a 2002 Audi A6 Quattro. I loved my car the first few years! Yes I have over 120k miles on it (mostly highway). I purchased it from the owner who bought it new. There were no problems with the car. The past 4 years have been hell though! I have spent thousands of dollars trying to fix my car!
I have one malfunction that no mechanic seems to understand! I can be driving, and out of nowhere, the ESP light will come on, and then my car shuts off when I come to a stop (whether it be at a light or a stop sign). My car won't budge, I have to shut it off and restart it. Then when I stop again, it will shut off again. The only way the light will go off is when I'm on the highway and I'm driving over speeds of 50mph for more than 15mins. As long as the ESP light (Triangle with exclamation point in the center with the arrow around it) is off, the car drives OK (not great, but OK).
I have pulled all the codes, and the only codes coming up were the MAF sensor, which I already replaced, the ignition coils, which I replaced with the Audi recall, and the catalytic converters, which I replaced yesterday.
Today my car stalled another 6 times with that light coming on. SOMETHING is still wrong. I don't know if it's the oxygen sensors, camshaft sensor, airflow/mass meter, clogged intake port, fuel pump? I have NO idea, but neither does anyone that specializes in AUDI. It's so frustrating!
The car was amazing before this problem. Does anyone know what could be the problem? Has this happened to anyone else?
Over the weekend I test drove a 2002 2.7T, and the car drove great, except for four issues.
1 - Could smell something like oil burning
2 - Mid way through my test drive, the airbag light came on
3 - The display between the speed and tach started to go in and out, and last the check engine light came on.
The dealer showed me the Carfax and service records, and the last service input was two months ago. Like I say, the car drove great and handled well, and the dealer says they will check those issues out, but after reading some of the issues with this car, I am not sure if I should buy, or walk away from the deal? Help.