The biggest hazard problem on newer cars has been subcontracted airbags from Japan. The other recent widespread safety hazard was GM's made in the USA ignition switches. You do realize that any number of European and Asian auto manufacturers "outsource" production to the USA? And for that matter, a whole lot of Chevrolets and Fords are Fabrique en Canada or Hecho in Mexico? And have been for decades?
As long as it's not from an american car company I think you will do okay.
This is purely from project management training. When we looked at continuous improvement, Asian companies where examples of how to do it correctly and see huge gains. American companies where examples of what not to do.
I have been very happy with the quality and durability of my Nissan.
I have 150k miles on my Rogue and I have only paid about $1,000 in repairs on it in the 6+ years I have had it outside of regular maintenance (drive shaft U bracket broke @ 145k).
I have been in two fender benders (front and back), both left me with nothing but scratches and the other vehicles had substantial damage.
The thing is a rock. When the time comes to hang up the black stallion, my first stop will be a Nissan dealership.
Thank you far asking, i recommend any German car manufacturer other then Opel and you are good to guy.
My favorite vehicle at the moment that is relatively cheap, is the Nissan Titan. I switched from my Chevy to my Nissan due to problems with my Chevy, and while I think Chevy is the better truck, Nissan's tend to be cheaper when used, and do not break very often.