Bob Adkins said: "I think there is probably a correlation between build
quality and long term reliability. Certainly not 1:1, but usually cars that
little stuff falls off of when new have big stuff fall off later. :) "......
Don't get me wrong, Bob, because I am a pro-Hyundai guy. But exhibit A
arguing against your point of view is General Motors.
Since the J.D. Powers initial quality survey has begun, GM has had some cars
rate very highly, and some of their brands do awfully well. And indeed,
GM's initial build quality seems to have improved dramatically.
But the effects are yet to be seen long-term. I stopped buying GM's
because, although I was a GM guy, their vehicles would always have issues,
things I even invented a word to describe them - "GM-isms." The improvement
on initial quality seemed to just put those inevitable problems back a
In defense of your position, even when brands like Hyundai and Kia weren't
working their way up the totem pole, I have NEVER had problems with any of
them like I did with every GM, Ford and Chrysler I ever owned, no matter
what J.D. Powers said.