martyyn: I have to wonder what you are all doing with your Euro cars if they are all such dogs.
I'm now onto my 9th BMW (I get bored easily - but tis been over 20 years) and I bet my current, 22 year old BMW costs less to service and maintain than any Jap car. I can do it all myself in a couple of hours and use quality OEM parts rather than going to a dealer.
Me too. I have BMWs and Audis and have generally found them reasonably easy to maintain with extremely well documented field maintenance guides, and very accessible OEM parts even for older models at reasonable prices (BMW branded dealerships will be more expensive, but there are a number of alternative online distributors).
Compared to what my sister has spent on her Mitsubishi and my mother on her Daihatsu, I can't say the Euros are costing any more. The main problem is finding a trustworthy mechanic that understands the cars, in particular BMW M-series or Audi S/RS-series.