Wow sorry to hear about all the bad luck.
Chuckie sounds similar but then again he's 13 years old, and has taken ALOT of abuse. He was in a small hit in the front, so my dad had to reshape his hood and replace one of his lights (which is why one of them is so clear).
His lights collect condensation extremely rapidly, so you would see a 'puddle' of water in his eyes, haha! My dad had to drill holes at the bottom of each light to allow the water to drain.
He's rusted to no avail. Even after we cleared all the rust, put new steel, bondo, primer and paint. Ah well ... we're not concerned anymore with his looks.
His A/C stopped working, but my dad fixed it. My dad also fixed his driver window as it would not go down/up. It still doesn't work well so we only have one working window on that huge van! Definitely sucks but at least the a/c works now.
A lot of the things that have happened were minor, and my dad was able to find the parts at the junk yard and fix it himself. He even bought Chuckie a new grille from a totalled van just like ours (as his grille was smashed).
At this point, we are just keeping him until we hopefully get a deal like you guys had (Cash for Clunkers). Right now a lot of dealers are offering similar incentives but on 95 or older vehicles. Chuckie's a 97
I drove Chuckie for the first few months of university. I drove him 2 hours each day (an hour each way), 10+ hours a week of driving and I have to say, it is a smooth ride. I really do like driving a big vehicle, but the cost of fuel is not something I enjoy. My dad ended up buying the Hyundai a few months after I started university for that specific reason.
Oh and Chuckie's brakes ... EEK! We ALWAYS know when he's coming home. My dad put brand new brakes last year and they still squeak uncontrollably. Oh well.