My brother has a k-car that's been run pretty hard and it will sits for months and still starts right up .I bought the Honda Kool-Aid and while my 1979 Civic was dependable it starting rusting when it was less than 4 years old and was ready to throw away at the 8 year point. Still drove it for many years without any major breakdowns.It's funny people complaining about GM quality in the 70s and 80s I had three Toyotas >>
1986 Toyota Regular cab long bed 4x4 22r 5 speed , good truck .
1985 Toyota regular cab long bed 4x4 truck , it threw a rod through the block and it was rusty as hell even the frame had rust holes , sold it
1991 Toyota Corolla it also threw a rod through the block , I ended up scraping it.
I had drank the toyota kool aid in those years by the gallon hence my G.M.I. user name .
I bought a new 2004 Silverado regular cab longbed 4x4 v6 5 speed in 2004 and year or so later I had the toyota bug hit me again and noticed that the local toyota dealer had a new regular cab longbed 4x4 tundra in stock , I wanted to take test drive and the battery was dead the salesman was going to get a jump pack so I said forget it and spit out the kool aid , my 2004 Silverado battery lasted 10 years and has always started .
My sister had an early-80s Buick Skylark during the same timeframe and it was a decent car. The articles title of "Anatomy of a Miserable Failure" is really not true. Mopar was selling tons of K-cars at the same and FoMoCo offered the Escort/Lynx and Fairmont/Zephyr which also sold in large numbers.