GRA wrote:Has anyone ever bought... a car from GM (at least in the past 40 years) because they expected exceptional reliability from it?
Plenty of GM fanboys have. Oh boy... you should check out some of the GM fanboy defenders on some places like Cruzetalk.com when Cruze reliability was AWFUL for years. They'll claim that Japanese cars are not more reliable, CR and all reliability surveys are biased, BS, paid off, etc., give all sorts of anecdotal reports of unreliable Japanese cars (sure, there's always going to be %), and so on.
Surprisingly, the most recent model year of Cruze got a very good reliability rating in CR, unlike virtually all previous model years. It'll be interesting to see if that holds over the long term.
I'm sure there are many other such places...
Funny enough, I do pay for a subscription to Car and Driver. As for Prius Prime... well, Gen 4 Prius (non-plugin; began with model year 2016 was awful in terms of styling. At least they fixed the front and mostly fixed the back. Even though I'm still somewhat of a Prius fan, I'd never buy a Gen 4 non-plugin just due to its styling. Prius Prime is actually "fixed" enough that it'd be on my consideration list if I'm in the market for a hybrid or PHEV.