This might be true for American made cars, but not Japanese ones. My first Maxima was an 85 SE - the first year for the 2nd gens (so different from the 1st gens, those might as well have not even existed. In fact, the 1st gens might have even still been Datsuns way back then in the early 80's, and didn't have V6's). That one was so good, that 10 years later I bought a 95 SE in late 94, again the first year of the 4th gen Maximas. That's the one I begrudgingly just traded in (after 17 years and 220K miles) on my used (08) bimmer. Both of my 1st year maxes were so good, I knew the 2nd year of the first gen Mos would be very low risk for problems.I think any new vehicle introduction is going to be fraught with problems until that vehicle has some real world use and the buggy components can be re-engineered.
How right I was!
Then again, I still won't buy any US engineered or even assembled car no matter how long it's been around.