Wow, I guess I do have the horror story Commander. I have 2006 with the 4.7L 4x4 of course, which I bought new. Everything mentioned has happened to me. I have replaced 3 of 4 door handles, which was an easy fix, and actually do work better; my exhaust manifold had a leak that got replaced under warranty, but three bolts snapped and they fixed that but not easy; i am on water pump #4, but again covered under warranty; and definitely the HVAC recirculating/vent gear is broke and have dealt with it for a couple years now, finally been thinking about fixing that, seems easy enough. But I will tell you, its the best Jeep I've owned. It looks bad azz with the lift and tires. It is a beast off road, yet smooth and sweet on road. I've sucked water into the engine, taken the plugs out, cranked it and spit the water right out of the cylinders, put the plugs back in, and continued eating up the trails. It still hums and idles so smooth you wouldn't think its on. Im a member of two off road Jeep clubs and they both are always amazed when I take the Beast out. They love seeing out getting dirty and conquering what I throw at it. Loyal to changing the oil every 3K miles, and the other oils as needed, every fifth gas stop I feed it 93 octane to get everything clean (I learned this from dad), Ive taking it top speed to 121mph one time and 118mph another time and felt at ease and very confident every time. I trust it enough to carry my 2 year old in it every day. Just today I hit 158,000 miles on the odometer and it is still a very good vehicle, which to me rates above many others. I guess the key is to treat it well and it will treat you well and also to make it your own and enjoy it.