FJ Cruisers of Northern California
Try consumer reports.
Consumer Reports are independant. Anyway dig up the old Top Gear show were they reviewed it I think Clarkson loved it. Or was it Hammond? yeah, Hammond, he could fit in it.
///that he was biased towards American cars/// probably cos that keeps him working!!
I don't know anyone who would say either Fiat or Chrysler cars are reliable, we have had both and would never give glowing reports. Nor recommendations. Fiat actually now own Chrysler. Sergio Marchionne is an Italian-Canadian executive who is currently the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Chairman of CNH Industrial and the CEO of Ferrari.
Dont expect your Fiat 500 to be a Ferrari though.
Having problems at 80k is more indicative of a 1960's American car. My father in law would put that number at 40k for American vehicles of the 1950's. I would say 100k for a 1990's American car, see the trend, but compare that to a 1990's Japanese car. Then look at reliability numbers between American cars and Japanese cars CURRENTLY. Read Consumer Reports to get the info.
Sorry , I know very off topic for FJ Cruiser site but be careful what you buy by doing your homework.