We have a car forum?
20 years ago I had a conversation with a Ford Service Manager. His facility had way more than 30 bays. I asked what were the three things a customer should watch in addition to the oil changes.good luck with the repairs... oh, and you know you just cursed the tranny...
I bought a 71 International harvester PU that had probably been a .gov fleet vehicle before the owner before me. I don't think the previous owner ever changed the oil or used any high quality oil. I made the mistake of changing the oil with the best available at the time, it cleaned out all of the crud in the engine and that blocked all of the oil return lines.His response? He immediately said "oil change". When your sister-in-law buys a new car, never does an oil change, ignores the computerized light, and the car burns up on the freeway, I fully understood why he started with "oil change".
16 years with a Toyota Avalon and only 113,000 miles. Things are wearing out.
Not having a second car or a second driver with a second car and not having a lift, I have cultivated a local and excellent mechanic who bought his shop from a guy who used to be my mechanic. His shop gets delivery of fresh fruit from my 15 trees.
I had the right outer tie rod replaced last week because I had a slight shake in the steering wheel at low speed. Now corrected.
My area has a multitude of speed bumps. Anticipating the alignment challenge I bought lifetime alignment with Firestone. Such has saved me money. Now comes the hard part. Despite lubing the rubber seals with AT205 at every oil change, I have a leaky seal on the right front axle. The lower control arms need to be replaced and perhaps 2 motor mounts. Motor mounts are supposed to get only 5-7 years. I got 14 years on the front mount and the transmission mount. Now it is 16 years for the other two mounts.
The good news? The transmission is fine. I did a high speed tuneup on the fuel injectors and engine a couple of weeks ago and cured the "check engine" light. .
Post script. I drove my brother's 2020 Lexus for a few days when I visited him. Outstanding car with oversized mirrors and traffic warning signals. Great screen to view things.