About 6 years ago now, we sold our 2006 Dodge Stratus SXT sedan. It was a wonderful car that came into our ownership at just the perfect time. When we got it in 2007-ish it has 12k miles, fresh off lease. She looked just like this when we got her:
Installed a Weapon-R intake with cold air tube:
Drove it like this until about 80k miles, when the front cat began failing. It was going to cost $1800 for the parts to replace the cats. I found a local shop that could build custom headers, install them, along with full 2.5" exhaust from the headers back, and tune the car for $1k. Needless to say she ended up with headers, exhaust, and a tune. AND WOW did that wake that motor up, this car was amazing after this. I lost some on the low end, but the sound and the gains in power and mileage were well worth the trade off.
Then at some point, my wife had an incident with a deer on her way home from work, which led to a $1300 check. I went my own route getting the parts and ended up with a Carbon Fiber hood, projector headlights with HIDs, and getting the wheels painted:
Drove her like this for a while before I clipped a raccoon on my way to grab us supper. I managed $1800 worth of damage. At roughly 120k miles now, she needed suspension work (thanks WI roads) along with the raccoon damage repaired. This led to me getting a new bumper and inner fenders, new battery and tray, new control arm driver’s side, and new struts/springs/links/bushings/ends/etc. I opted for B&G lowering coils on KYB Struts, along with upgrading the brakes to D/S units with aggressive pads:
I also picked up a set of smoked LED tails for it while I was buying things:
This was her completed form that soldiered on to 218k miles when we finally traded it on our F250:
All in all, she was a great car that served us very well in our time of need, and put up with my continual abuse without complaint.