i vote like this:
318 over 325 (four cylinders less to take care of, and chain drive)
325 over 528i
528i over 740i
and anything BMW over any damn thing....mexi, brazi, or close to Germany made newer VW
honestly they are both good, and joshed is right, it's how you care for it. i have heard at least one person whine and bitch for every model car in every car line.....generally speaking it was same person that also wasn't taking good care of the car and performed service "whenever"
sexually assault a member of the VW community? if you belong to dubdojo or swov.org they will gladly circle their wagons and support you.