I agree. I owned the following: 1986 Mustang - engine & electronic troubles 1989 Probe - OK car (made by Mazda) 1993 Mustang GT - Pretty Good car (best Ford I owned) 1994 Explorer - Bad Vibrations, bad transmission 1994 Thunderbird - Bad transmission, bad door hinges 1996 Mustang GT - Towed back to dealer 2nd day I owned it (engine oxygen sensor) 1997 Thunderbird - What a JUNKER! Bad transmission, electronics, engine sensors, etc 1996 3000GT - GREAT CAR! 1998 Corvette - Ok car, but electronic problems 2004 Silverado - ok, but steering & electronic problems 2006 Jetta diesel - Great car.
I have had good luck with foreign cars (yes the cheaper ones) and most of the US cars have not exhibited the level of quality found in the foreign models. I wish the US models would improve, but I've bought enough of them to draw the conclusion that the quality just isn't there.
I own a 1997 Taurus SHO. The Ford engine design (built by Yamaha) was flawed. The design flaw enabled the camshaft sprocket to dislodge and destroy the engine. Ford NEVER acknowledged the problem and NEVER offered a recall or fix for the problem. Owners were never notified of the problem so they could get it fixed themselves.
I had to get the camshaft sprockets welded in place at my own expense in order to fix the FORD design flaw. It cost me $1000. I will never buy another FORD.