I dunno about that i just think thats what owners of hondas say. My gf's mother just got rid of a 2004 Honda civic due to the trans goin out. Gf's old car blew a rod when she got rid of hers. Replaced the tranny on that 2 years prior to that but that one was a 98. My step moms 2006 accord's Drivetrain is in good working condition however the trunk is stuck? Mechanism works when you press the button but the latch disconnected from it. I have also seen many fords and Chevy's out there pre 1980's that still look somewhat safe, however i cannot see that in hondas. Granted there were several years where i agree GM have skimped out on their cars as well as ford and i dont wanna get started on the Chrysler. But i would say Ford And GM are prolly not only engineering better products than honda but are also making cars/trucks/suv's that will last twice as long as Honda. I will say that i was happy with my 1990 Isuzu Rodeo though (Alot of it made by Honda) But i had to replace the tranny in that once as well. but it had 150k miles on it lol. Not to mention if i was to get into an accident i would rather be in a Ford or GM product > Honda any day. But not trying to start an arguement and ive never personally seen a honda with paint issues (maybe thats what they are good at). Just my .02.