Just want to make a point that the Town Car and Crown Vic's have exactly the same gas tanks as the Fords that have been involved in disasterous fires of police cars. Of course, Ford products have been noted for doing that all the way back to the Pinto.
As for reliability, we might be *****ing about new Mercedes but we're comparing them to other Mercedes, not American cars. In almost any long term reliability survey, American cars are consistantly at the bottom.
The guy that currently runs Chrysler said that the only way American cars can improve their resale value is to improve their quality.