Value? I don't know. Wait until you have a few services under your belt. Japanese cars are a fraction of the price from a maintenance perspective. In addition, most German cars use more fuel. Just to say you had a lower purchase price doesn't tell a complete story. I've driven German cars for the last 15 years. I feel I sacrifice some value for the quality of the ride. I don't drive a Merc, my current car is an Audi, they are pretty comparable cost of ownerships. 4 brakes for me is a $1500 bill. An Odyssey would probably cost $400. Talking to other owners I know, its generally understood you don't go this route to be frugal. Even a Jetta would cost more to maintain than an Odyssey.