I have started my police chase sequence with Blender 2.40 Alpha2, and because I needed to animate some models with AVK (currently not active in 2.40 A2), I switched back to 2.37a.
The vertice and faces count displayed by 2.37a is less than the half of the count displayed in 2.40 A2!
Other strange thing: a modified scene with more objects gives a lower count!
Vertice count in 2.40 A2 = 3.152.169. Bigger scene = 3.051.726!
Vertice count in 2.37a = 1.346.937.
No crash, and no issue with this, but it is strange!
Did you encounter this kind of thing?