"Are DSLR more failure-prone than Film SLR cameras?"
after browsing some forums on this website my impression is that the digital (SLR or not) cameras are more failure-prone than the film (SLR or not) cameras. The culprit is most likely the electronics. Personally I know of film camera passed down from grandpa to daddy to the son and still working.
The upside of DSLR's is, especially for beginner like me, one can shoot hundreds of (bad) photos in the learning phase without paying and waiting for the photo development and print-outs.
#2. "RE: Are DSLR more failure-prone than Film SLR cameras?" In response to Reply # 1
On 2nd thought the reason can also be that digital cameras are almost free of cost in operation and therefore are used a lot more. I would think twice before pressing the shutter on a film camera lest wasting some money on the film, not speaking of development and print-out expenses.
#3. "RE: Are DSLR more failure-prone than Film SLR cameras?" In response to Reply # 2
It is a combination of the electronics and the significant increase in shutter count. Most users capture more images with a digital camera in one year than they shot with a film camera in 10 years. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!