I totally agree. I keep thinking I'm going to get rid of this car so I'm trying not to put a bunch of money in it. Sometimes going cheap is not the best decision.I use Moog stuff, and not the ones in the economy section myself. Less chance of getting ''junk''.
A bunch of corrective maintenance combined with some luck. Most of the luck pertains to not ever being stranded on the side of the road.Congrats on your 230K miles on the road, I wish that everyone has that same luck.