i registered here because i needed some info on fixing my mothers ssei. myself, my 'good car' is something most would use as a winter beater. my winter beater is a 1995 explorer with almost 185k miles on it.
i picked the truck up for almost nothing, threw used tires on it, newbrake pads and rotors, fixed the 4wd. i have about $750-$800 in truck today to date [including purchase price].
i will drive it until it is no longer economically worth while to do so.