Bullshit. I do agree to a certain extent; cars and motorbikes really can be build with a lot more of the durability factor in them though you are making things bigger than they really are. 10 years is not the average lifetime of a car. Cars last about 20-25 years in Holland and that's with a really salty and wet climate, and your average owner here just doesn't really take care of his or her car after it's something like 15 years old. My cars and motorbikes will last a long time. A modern sensible car will have much lower running costs compared to your 40 year old decent quality american cars. Cars actually last a lot of miles nowadays, are a lot more fuel efficient (Which is the biggest expense when looking at 2nd hand cars, 2nd biggest expense when looking at new cars due to depreciation) and a lot cheaper on maintenance (longer service intervals and less repairs). There are a few manufactures I wouldn't buy a car or a motorbike from. I'd stay away from the so called premium cars loaded with electronic bull crap but even they are pretty relieable. And at the end of the day; running costs are what's important when looking at a vehicle to transport you and your stuff. British cars and motorbikes good? Please enlighten me. I love the oldskool bikes but they've been for a lot famous; except reliability and durability. Your typical airlines and ship also does not last 50 years. They can last that long if you want but at some point maintenance costs will be higher than the depreciation of a new car ship or airplane. That's when you should replace nem (I agree that a lot of people do not do this. I'm riding on my 1st motorbike but I don't think I will only ride on this one for 30 years).