When I was a kid a vehicle with 100,000 miles on it (or more) was rare and no one in their right mind would purchase one expecting it go last another 100k. In those days odometers only went to 99,999 before rolling over to zero. Today it's not unheard of for well maintained vehicles to go 300,000 miles or more. As I'm now retired and living on a fixed income, I don't see myself purchasing a vehicle with less than 100,000 miles on it in the future and I'd expect that vehicle to require some repairs to make it reliable. As of late, our members average age seems to be going down to, from what I can determine to the 16-18 year old range, and they're buying very early Gen II's (95-96). As these vehicles are now 23 years old, most now have high mileage on them and many of them are V6 models (with multiple previous owners, unknown repair and maintenance histories) it is not surprising to me that these vehicles are encountering major failures (head gaskets, cracked heads, transmission failures and SOHC timing chain failures beginning with the '97's). What is surprising to me is the irate opinions being expressed that Ford designed these vehicles poorly. It's pretty well known that I'm not a fan of the 4.0L SOHC engine and that I believe the transmissions used on the V6's are weak compared to the V8 transmissions, but even these vehicles typically go well over 200,000 before giving up the ghost. I grew up in the northeast (aka the salt-belt) and even today most salt-belt vehicles rust away long before they have major mechanical issues, this coupled with the fact that many owners stop preforming maintenance and non-critical repairs as their vehicles rust and age. For the past 25+ years I've in the south, where vehicles don't rust. Other than major mechanical problems, used vehicles tend to begin their downward slide as their paint jobs, rubber parts and interiors degrade. All of the Gen II's I currently still own (a 2000 and two 2001's) now have 200,000+ miles on them. The two V8's are in very good mechanical condition and I keep my '01 Eddie Bauer garaged and in near pristine shape. My '01 Sport Trac still looks very good, but has issues with it's engine and transmission (which I can't justify fixing, because I can't justify putting $4,000, or more, into a vehicle that's only worth around $4000 and I'm getting too old to do major repairs). I took a chance on the ST three years ago because the price was right and I really liked the utility of the vehicle (and still do, using it as my daily driver around town). It remains to be seen what will become of the ST once it dies. Lately it seems I'm reading more and more rants on the forum from buyers of well used (what a friend of mine once referred to as "used-up") Gen II Explorers, mostly older V6 models, with people complaining about engine and transmission problems, but also about more mundane electrical and drive-ability issues. What do they expect? Has anyone owned a 20+ year old vehicle that hasn't required repairs? If you want a vehicle that has the expectation of not needing repairs during its first 50,000 or so, buy new and get rid of it when it gets to that mileage. When I was working that is exactly what I did, flipping vehicles every 3 years. Auto makers aren't going to produce vehicles that last 500K. If they did they'd put themselves out of business. As new vehicles become more complicated, due to all the crap people think they just can't live w/out (automatic parking, electric steering, electric parking brakes, nav systems, satellite radio, blue tooth, WiFi, more performance out of smaller more fuel efficient engines, diver-less vehicles) they get more expensive and more complex. What will these used vehicles be like in 25 years? I shutter to think. W/in the next 12 months I plan to replace our 2000 V8 with something newer, though it currently has no issues and there's no telling how much longer my 2001 ST will limp along. I have no plans to replace my '01 V8 Eddie Bauer at this time and I'd be willing to invest several thousand dollars in it, should it become necessary, because it's everything I need and more. If you've owned your vehicle for a while and love it, putting in more money than it's current market value may justify to keep it on the road doesn't seem like a bad investment to me, but at some point you just gotta let go. JMHO.