Ok, this morning I've sealed a leak from the new snorkel I've fitted 1,5 years ago, and was filling the carpet of water.
So I've tought about this thread and why the poor reliability widespread feeling.
To the average Joe driver, that he get an HGF or the carpet full of water, is perceived as a generic, painful, dispicable "fail".
This guy just want a nice (cheap) car that run around.
And how many trivial things go wrong with our pride and joy, where the average Joe MG enthisiast will rejoice, since it is an opportunity to improve (not to fix)?
So, in general:
the germans could fail bigger and lauder, even more pricy, but probably fail less on trivial stuff.