When a customer buys a product, he is buying from the end manufactuer. The end manufacurer is responsible for all of the parts he makes, buys and uses to assemble the final product.
I made a couple of inquiries (not sure how accurate, but is a good base).
Number of failures reported in APBA this year:
Merc Number 6: 0
Bravos in SVL: 1 (log strike)
There are more Mer#6's running in Supercat and more Bravo's running in SVL.
Other things need to consider for purchase -
a) Where can they be serviced?
b) Self Servicable?
d) Price of parts
For the record, I am definately for new product development and competition in the marketplace. I am the guy that usually buys the Odd-Ball products and end up having to wait months for parts. New products keep the big manufacturers from becoming a monopoly.