Lucky and relieved.
Recently, my 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis LS appeared to start having shifting problems with the four speed overdrive transmission. I was prepared to hear the news that the transmission needed a complete overhaul. The car just turned 100k miles. After dropping the car off at a trusted, local repair garage, I got the phone call that the car still had the original spark plugs, wires, distributor, etc. It was strongly suggusted that I get a complete tuneup. I almost burned the starter up when I went to start the car for the first time after the tuneup. It started so quickly. I think I'll only go ten years between tuneups now. I've learned my lesson.