Maintenance can't make up for the fact that a car has been beat on. Nobody seems to be talking about the Beat On Factor. You know....the factor that makes the transmission go out way before it's time. In spite of the " Great Maintenance " It's the way people drive and have driven these cars that is the unknown here. It's the great unknown and therefor a big roll of the dice. If some people are the type that are convinced that cars are made so well and can take the abuse....fine. I'm not.