When a sunsun/aquatop/perfect can last 20+ years you might be able to make that claim, not knocking the thing in any way just sayin.
You must put into play that the Eheims come with all the media so your not saving that much, granted you could fill it with pot scrubbies but you can't deny Eheim produces top notch media along with the product.
coming from a eheim fan I not surprise
eheim break down just as easy and just as fast
people these days are to sucka for name brand
Like a car all you need it to do is get to point A to point B