My 2 cents. I was a BMW guy for years. Always had older models. The nice thing about those is that there were a lot of aftermarket parts to keep them going. I bought the Tbird as I have always been a Tbird guy having had 4 of them over the years. It is unfortunate that once again, Ford screwed up and stopped selling these retro birds because they didn't market them well. So 4 years of these cars doesn't leave much available for parts. Fortunately some of the parts are shared with other platforms which helps a little bit. But anytime you buy an older car, you need to be concerned about parts availability. If you're not a DIY person, it makes it a little more expensive for upkeep. The problems that these cars have are not anymore different from any other older car. Just that in some cases some of the parts can't be replaced and so you need to find a way to work around that. That is why this forum is important. So that we all can help each other by telling how we fixed a problem or did a workaround.