I have to disagree. At least my 1990’s Toyota Corolla with 200K has done well by me so far. The manual that comes with the car lists the repair intervals, and it isn’t just oil and tires that are spec’d for inspection and replacement. Toyota never says “gas, oil, and tires” is the only thing you’ll need to replace in 200K. There’s a whole slew of things they say you must either inspect or replace at the specified intervals.
Comparing BMW costs to Toyota costs is tricky. BMW has better maintenance under warranty program I think, but you have to compare the purchasing costs too. BMW costs way more to buy. And after the warranty period expires, you are on your own. Fixing BMW’s means you have to find a specialized mechanic, and you have to purchase parts that don’t benefit from economy of scale pricing. Ever check out the cost to replace a burned-out headlight on an older BMW? I’d be surprised if you could get away with less than $250, and that’s doing it yourself. $500 if a BMW mechanic does it. Just the other day there was a thread here noting the cost to replace a Lexus headlight was over $2000! For a single headlight! Compare that to the $7 I paid to replace the headlight on my 1990’s Corolla.
I was just looking at the maintance records since I did a smog test today. In 200K I’ve changed the oil and filter 25 times, replaced the clutch master cylinder once, replaced or repaired the starter motor selenoid contacts 3 times, replaced both outer CV boots, replaced the timing belt one time ,windshield wipers every other year, headlights and light-bulbs from time to time, replaced the clutch safety-start switch, repaired the ignition switch, and 7 batteries. Never have done anything with the clutch, transmission, or suspension system.
Of those items, the only one I think is excessive is the starter motor selonoid contacts. I think the design for that starter motor isn’t up to Toyota reliability standards Besides that, I’m very satisified with the reliablility.
I’ve done all the work myself. I haven’t totalled up the parts cost, but I doubt it would add up to $1000 total for the entire life of the car.