You're right about the first part of that, but I think the "internet board effect" is working the opposite of the way you suggest. People who are having problems are far more vocal than people who aren't, and the preponderance of activity on these boards is from people complaining or seeking a solution to a problem. I don't think what we read here, as relates to reliability, is indicative of the greater experience.
Absolutely! Generally speaking, happy owners don't go around posting up that they've had no issues whatsoever with their cars. On the other hand, those who have issues will post in order to vent or seek advice/solution.