Re: Proud to be frugal
MB, BMW and VW all but dropped their QA programs about 5 years ago, all saying roughly the same thing "At this point, we feel our QA is built into the product, people and processes".
All three have dropped to the bottom of the reliability ratings, so apparently not.
I was impressed with my old diesel. A lot of interesting engineering went into those cars.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.