Neither company is known for reliability. I've owned a Saab 9000 CD Turbo and a Volvo C70 Coupe 5MT Turbo (high pressure) and both had issues. A BMW feels like it wants to be driven hard, the Saab and Volvo both seemed like they were begging me to stop. They're expensive to fix and break often. That being said, I find both brands to be quite charming and aesthetically appealing and I want one of each.
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2014 CC R-Line DSG | 2010 S4 Sold | 2010 BMW 135i Retired | 2006 Lotus Exige Sold