My Fox forces me to pay money all the time. A bad sensor here, a broken part there, a worn out tie rod end, or ball joint for good measure. And that's not even counting the "Go Fast" goodies I regularly convince myself the car needs on a daily basis. It adds up. Maybe not to the amount of a regular new car payment every month....but then we aren't driving new cars after all is said and done either. The sad fact remains, that these cars are old and some parts are starting to become obsolete for them. To some, the satisfaction of making a monthly payment and driving around worry free is worth the piece of mind over always wondering when the next 20+year-old part is going to let you down and what it's going to cost you (part, aggravation, time, etc) when it does? My car is a weekend, low mileage toy that gets some seat time in the summer and put away in the winter, but I can't depend on it to be anything more than that. If weather permitted and I were in a position to drive it daily, I'd probably have a new GT sitting in my garage right now.