I hear you. I am starting to feel the itch to replace a vehicle, then I read a thread like this, and think twice again. Anything can fail, let's be clear, but I do prefer 'em to be more simple for this reason.
Originally Posted by Cujet
My goodness that's a serious repair bill. An extended warranty is a good thing when it comes to expensive vehicles and unusual or trouble prone components. I would agree that many modern vehicles with half an engine, fall short of the "gold standard" of prior generation vehicles. I have 3 F150's, the one I love has an old school V8, 6 speed automatic and hydraulic rack-n-pinion steering, just like God intended. It's instantly responsive, does not hunt for gears, smooth as butter, and it's fun.