Parents have an '11 bought new. I think it's close to 70K mileage wise now. Replacing the liftgate struts and its about due for rear pads have been it so far (knock on wood).
Even though its smaller it is more comfortable to ride in than their previous Astros surprisingly. Less overall space...
The new units at Advance USED to be supplied by Remy. If it is 'Made in Mexico' it will be the same as getting a new production unit. The older applications are sometimes made in China instead and are relabled aftermarket stuff.
I use the G and E's cousin the moto x on Verizon on a contract plan and its hands down the best phone I've ever had. The moto series of smartphones are almost like a best kept secret since they work great but everybody goes right past them looking for there Apple or Samsung.
My dad's Cub Cadet with an 18.5 one lunger Intek has also had the head pulled twice for this issue. It burned copious amounts of oil each time. B&S essentially skipped a head bolt location that causes the gasket to fail between the pushrod gallery and the cylinder. On the plus side they are easy...
Samsung, LG, Sharp and Panasonic are probably the only firms that still actually manufacture the units they are selling You.
Amana at least used to make reliable units. Their built in models were already sourced from Korea by the 90s I know.
Currently have an LG built Maytag built in has been...
3M products are my favorite. Perfect-it III compound for scratches, Imperial hand glaze for polishing, and perfect-it "show car" wax to finish. Usually have to be bought from an automotive paint store but work great and not all that pricey for the results
Cooling fan failures are very common on the police model Impalas. We always keep them in stock at work since our local SO has a mostly Impala fleet. Many are able to get by with just the motors and blades but YMMV.
I once replaced all hoses and the heater core on old Achieva I used as a work car. The heater cores had plastic tubes prone to rupture and the car had the infamous Quad 4 which could likely become scrap if it were overheated.
The Smitty's oils are kind of like Mystik/Citgo oils. They are not real common on the road but have been around forever making oils and fluids sold at the farm store which always do their job quite well.