I think British Leyland was far worse. There’s some comical PR that they used to run, you can find it on YouTube I think. The 70s and 80s were a rough time for British Industry.The worst LRs were made under BMW's ownership. Just sayin'
the L322 was designed by BMW but the sold it off before it launched. It’s every bit as good/bad as BMWs of that era. Ford pumped a lot of money in to get rid of the BMW engine (and GM transmission) and update the electrical systems ASAP. Many ppl there at that time felt it was a diversion of resources and cash and led to the North American car portfolio (read Not trucks) being severely compromised. I tend to agree with that. The only pure US platform that launched in the mid 2000s was the Mustang, which was late.