Interesting. I've always had very good service from the Fords I've owned, current Escape being a good example. If it wasn't for the minor but annoying oil leak, I'd just drive it till the wheels fell off.I had an Escort back in the 80s that ate a water pump about every 30K. Rebuilt transmission at 90k and got rid of it when head gasket blew at 110k. Never even considered another Ford after that POS.
Friend of mine has a ranger as a daily driver, 340k and still going strong.
Contrary to most peoples experience, my MIL's Toyota is a never ending stream of minor failures.