I commiserate with you as I know what you mean. The only brand new car I had was the Corolla which we had for 16 odd years and put roughly 500 thousand kilometres ( 311000 miles ) on the clock whilst all me other 4 wheelers were 2nd hand but I also was the mechanic/autoelectrician that kept them going.I’ve never been able to afford anything decent,
Wow! My cars have always been a lot more underwhelming and pedestrian compared to you lot! I’ve never been able to afford anything decent, so I mostly buy second hand bangers that I run into the ground.
With that I heartily agree and will add the spare parts are overvalued and have been since about the '60's. There was a time you could buy all the parts and assemble the car yourself for less than you could buy it off the show room floor. Were you to include the cost of your labour in assembling it, it came on about par with the cost on the showroom floor.IMO, new cars are over-rated! For one thing, they lose about 1/3 their value the moment they are driven off the lot by the new owner.
I had the GT550. The GT line did not have as powerful like the kawasakis. They were intended to be adequate power delivery. If you're looking for some crazy 2-stroke power, get an kawasaki.
Basically - except I had the 4 door version of the 206 sport, in metallic grey!