I went through a few years of monetary challenges, and I think I'm just now realizing all the horrible things I did to my vehicles, and the dire consequences they should have had.
'03...Water pump in the Bonn went bad. I took too long to replace it. I'm told that it should have sent the fan through the radiator, but I got lucky.
'04...running on bald tires, after having had mine last less than 30,000 miles. There was literally no visible tread by the time I replaced 'em. Shoulda blown a tire and lost control. I got lucky.
'05...Bald tires AGAIN...same issue with the no tread and the 30,000 miles.
Also, my wonderful fiance finally replaced the shocks so I could say goodbye to this issue...and discovered that I had an entire coil broken off of my rear coil springs. The rest of the broken spring was riding on the axle. Had it slipped off, the tire would have hit the wheel well and caused a spinout. I got lucky.
On top of that, I got my truck. I got temporary plates the next day, and took it for a drive. It started SMOKING. My radiator had blown, the coolant had hit the fan, and it had sprayed ALL over the engine. I got to a local farm store and replaced some hoses. I drove it home as is, even though I noticed more smoking. After taking off the plastic fan cover, we found a BADLY blown radiator. I probably should have blown my engine up...but you guessed it, I got lucky!
Further investigation also revealed worn hoses, a bad water pump, a bad thermostat, and evidence of that horrible, horrible radiator stop leak powder that probably caused the whole effin' problem.
I ran the thing outta oil once. Got lucky again. (the thing drinks oil like Bill drinks beer.)
So...yeah. I'm not sure I should own vehicles...but other than all that, they're babied...