We live in Berlin and our family all seem to be suffering from lack of exposure to nature! We want to buy a station wagon type car that we can use for family trips and camping. I've never owned a vehicle in Germany before and I'm not very familiar with running and maintenance costs between different brands. Back home in New Zealand, German-made cars were to be be avoided because of their complicated technology meaning high mechanic bills if something went wrong, versus Toyota or Nissan which were reliable or cheap to repair. But I imagine it's a different situation here. Does anyone have any advice on which car brands represent the best value in terms of running costs, depreciation etc? Or any station wagon models that can be had for a good price? Our budget to buy the car would be pretty low -2,500-5,000 euros.