Things German: The lies, cons and the myths

There is quite a conundrum when it comes to discussing the legend that is German construction. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Iconic British marques (Mini, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley) made a name for themselves by pushing the envelope in their respective utility and luxury niches through unbridled charm and sheer pluckiness, but once taken over by the Germans, cold calculation was inducted as the modus operandi.
  • These the same Germans we hear about who install not so much engines as live grenades under their bonnets (BMW)? Or use some grass species instead of copper in their wiring harnesses and CAN-bus systems (Volkswagen)?
  • I still know people who swear by German products even when they secretly cry themselves to sleep at night over Check Engine lights that refuse to go away, or a DPF that has malfunctioned for the third time in a month.

Baraza, I  have this thing for German-engineered products, and this applies to cars as well. It stems from the myth that ‘if it’s German, there is no need to ask questions’. You are talking Daimler AG, Volkswagen, Porsche, etc. I drive a Volkswagen, but a few experiences have shaken my confidence in this German thing. For starters, my car has a Check Engine light that refuses to go away. There are also issues with electric window knobs, and much more. Is this ‘but it’s German’ thing a facade?


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