I never got this misconception. The popular notion out in the automotive world is that German, Japanese and Korean cars are reliable, while American cars will break down on you. However, just based off of my experience, my dads 2002 Chevy Silverado did 160K miles EASY, not a single problem mechanically. We also had a 95' town lincoln back in the days, and it racked over 200K miles EASY. I remember riding in that car when I was a kid, and the interior was rock solid just as I remembered it the first time i rode in it. Funny enough, the cars we did have reliability problems with, were Japanese! My fathers 98' Lexus SC 400 transmission took a dump. Instead of rebuilding the tranny, he sold it. We also had an Infiniti Q45 which was a 60K car at the time, and recurring problem with the radiator and motor mount. Okay, of course it depends from model to model, as no one car is really made the same, and other contributing factors such as up keeping with maintenance, however so many times I hear people saying stay away from American cars like the plague....What are your guy's opinions? Does American brand cars really deserve this kind of rap sheet?