Yeah American cars aren't great either. Aside from ford trucks maybe. However, if I was in the EU buying a VW wouldn't be a bad idea since parts are so common there, but when they break down here it costs a lot. The only benefit of American cars (in reality made in Mexico and china cars) really is that a lot of people here can fix them. But although German cars are very nice and fun to drive, they aren't the best in general for long term daily driving, or buying used with high mileage, at least around here.
IMO if you just want a car that works, is efficient, and never breaks down. Toyota and honda are the best. Especially in NA where millions of corollas have been sold over decades. pretty much every toyota roughly that size can use most of the same parts. My brother bought a 200,000 mile 07 camry for like 900 dollars (812 euros) and has had it for 4 years, lol.