I agree history and reputation are a poor guide. My last two paragons of German engineering (BMW) have been awful from a reliability standpoint.The Ghibli is my daily drive.
History is a poor guide BMWs and Mercs now have poorer reliability statistics than Jaguars but try telling that to most people and they will not believe you. Ghiblis are built in volume in a new factory they are not the same as the handbuilt Maseratis of the past.
UK JD Powers Survey