Hi cintocrunch,Hard in what way? I've spent a lot of time in German cars, they are amazing vehicles to drive. Sure, maintenance costs can eat at your soul and if you don't value the "experience" that much then that's all you'll see. I'm not in a position to but at a later point in life I wouldn't mind having the option to grab a German car. Or Italian. Or British.
This is a good point. Its a relief to know that carbon build up is not a problem compared to the other GDI vehicles (Like you mentioned) out there, VW products being notoriously famous for this issue.The biggest revision to the J series for the 3rd gen is the introduction of direct injection. We have not seen a lot of issues with carbon buildup like the German cars tend to have and running high quality synthetic oil designed for GDI engines will help resist oil vaporization which leads to ingestion in the PCV and intake valve deposits.