Cars are the evil incarnate. Few people realize that, but consider:
I just have a car because I need one. I don't have a brand new car (and I don't think I'll ever have -- just a matter of personal choice). I keep it in good working order, avoiding a lot of the aforementioned problems. But since their evilness in unsurpassed by any other mechanical device I know of, I still get my quota of nasty surprises from time to time.