My poor little Ford Ranger pick-up has 400,000 miles and I've had so many expensive breakdowns the past few years (incompetent mechanic left the oil drain plug off ($3000), transmission died ($2200), heater control valve blew which then ruined the heads ($2200), I could go on...) that my family is terrified of me getting stranded again and frankly I'm sick and tired of all this happening. Last week it was the clutch fan; it's something different ever few weeks. Every time I did an expensive repair job, I was hopeful that took care of expensive problems for a while, but no such luck. I've got to continue patching it up at least until the end of next year when my house is paid off. The house note is the reason I couldn't take on another note for a car, back when the first expensive problem happened. I really wish I could run over the incompetent who left the drain plug off, because it seemed like after that everything started falling apart.
I really like the looks of the 4-cylinder Rangers they're going to start manufacturing later this year for the US market, but MPG in those isn't going to be that great. My commute to work is 40 miles one way, most of it on interstate. It takes me 45 minutes to get to work because a chunk of it is slow driving on back roads before I get to the interstate, and I'm keeping my speed to 65 and below because my front end starts shimmying above 65 (probably tire out of balance). I'm trying to be as gentle on this poor thing as possible and stretch it out as long as possible.