It's probably more of a caveat emptor (buyer beware) than anything. The R has more complex parts (4C, AWD, etc.) and thus will be more maintenance-intensive. The T5 lacks these amenities (well, maybe some 2005+ T5s had the poor man's 4C, but...) and thus will bring fewer maintenance headaches.
The original price difference was fairly slim. My decision was made when they told me that they wouldn't honor A plan pricing on the R (first year of the P2 R), making it a $7k or so delta. I miss AWD from time to time in Vermont, but can survive without it.
Plus, so long as my mods total less than $7k invested (still true even after the Quaife install), I can convince myself that I got a bargain (and if they ever do break 7k, I'll just tell myself I would have had to replace the AWD collar at $2-3k so I feel better).
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