I think the trend here is that whoever loathes one brand and wont buy again due to a bad experience is matched by another that will, as they had a good experience. Also applies to vacuums, hot water bottles, computers, and so on, ad infinitum
This is very true, How ever avoid dry clutch VW transmissions and turbo diesel VW engines. Also Ford Dual clutch transmissions.
That story above about the Holden blowing up at 150KMS will have more to it than that. Those things go for ever and their failure rate is quite low.