Scotty Kilmer shows why modern mechanics, or as they often want to be called "technicians", charge so highly for their services. See both sides of the story to find the truth
Good question, I probably should go with Japanese reliability.
@ericv why did you buy German Luxury in the first place?
I try to avoid the dealership for repairs, as in my area the BMW, Mercedes, & Audi dealers are around $185 - $225 / shop hour. My local mechanic is at $105/hour, but when I need more sophisticated diagnosis, I end up taking the car to the dealership. When my Audi was under warranty, I always took my car to the dealership :) Now, I think twice.