I hear that! Our Grand Marquis is 27 years old this year, 200k miles, original engine, tranny, power steering pump, and A/C compressor (whole system original aside from o-rings & refrigerant). Why the hell can't they build all vehicles like this? Starts right up every day as it has for the past 10 years of ownership. Not a hint of smoke out the pipe either. Love that car.
Got my $50 back for the tensioner. Guy was going to give me a store credit, and the manager overheard my disgust with that idea, and gave me cash.
$80 for a new tensioner at Ford. Of course, not in stock.
Then another $20 good will into my neighbor's tank for letting me take his spankin' new $50k Ecoboost to the store ... unsupervised.
$100 today. *censored* Ficus!