I hear ya......
....on that hbofinger, the BEST car I've ever owned, even with the few problems I'm working on (and what 12 year old car has no problems) it shines like a new one inside and out (a co-worker thought it was brand new), runs like a champ and gets good mileage not to mention the comfort. Not having much gone wrong, so far, it has been simple to work on once you figure out where everything is and what it's supposed to do.
I GOTTA ADD THIS......couldn't find the thread. My daughter was being given a hard time at school about me working there, I drive a bus and work in the cafeteria. She turned and told this kid "well, my Daddy working here can afford to own a Mercedes..." That stopped this kid in her tracks with jaw hanging.
1991 300SE (my ride, 279,000 miles, looks almost new
1954 Cadillac (21 yo son's car, he bought when age 15)
1972 SeaBird 19 ft runabout (old but solid, slant six, Volvo sterndrive perfect condition, undergoing complete overhaul and refit)
1998 Toyota Rav4 (my sons daily driver when he is in the Continental US, PROUDLY serving in US Navy)