Ok, time to stir the pot. Is it possible that reliability and longevity are mutually exclusive? Could it be that a car that is quite reliable might not also last the longest? Of course there are exceptions, but this might actually be true if you think about it. Not to answer my own question, but reliability pertains to the engine, longevity pertains to the body. Take a car like a Geo Metro, or a Nissan Sentra. They might be reliable, but are not the first car I'd think of for super-long lifespan. On the other hand, a glitchy Saab or old Mercedes might be a pita, but tend to last a long time. I just want to draw out the issue, because sometimes the difference between reliability and longevity is often missed.