I mean... sure. If you were in fact defending the dependability of an ‘83 Spyder? That would be cultish. But you couldn’t sell something that dodgy today. All cars in the 70s/80s/90s were pretty unreliable.
I had a '95 164 LS, sold it around 55k miles....and pretty much the same. I did the clutch right near the end, other than that it was just basic service.My 1993 164 was VERY reliable for 9+ yrs. Only had to repair the ZF tranny seals at 60K. So it was german unreliability!