Apart from the Transmission from Sun Valley. What other big ticket items have swallowed 7K of your cash? Either way even with the parts expense and purchase price your probably still under 12K right? Over 7 years that's nothing. You couldn't get a base Kia for that new7 years 61k-142k, $6980 in parts total so far. Still have some catch up on a few items -- rear accumulators, SLS, head gasket and some random int stuff. Probably 8k if I had the time and money to get caught up....
Obviously no labor costs....but most people buy a new car every 4-5 years. All my friends have that's for sure. One is on his third car now.