I apologize if I came across as a bit crass. It's just that over the years as a mechanic I've had to listen to so much grief about the cost of repairs that it (usually) upsets me a bit.
I do agree completely that some repairs are horribly expensive. I remember back in the 80s when Subaru was having a rash of automatic transmission failures due to internal seal leakage. A new Subaru at the time was 10-14k dollars depending upon year. The replacement transmission was 5 grand; and that's just for the transmission alone. That did not include gaskets. fluids, labor, and tax; with the latter being about 500 bucks here in OK. And these failures were through no fault whatsoever of the car owners.
Some owners (low miles, just out of warranty, and as new) were very and justifiably upset over the cost of a trans replacement being roughly half the cost of car new.
I went to bat for the owners with Subaru of America and no amount of pleading on their behalf would catch them a break. SOA would simply not budge an inch.
The shop and the mechanic were the ones catching the brunt of the customer's ire; at least until they calmed down and saw where the bulk of the cost came from.
As for the Magnetic Ride Control; one should ALWAYS assume that something high tech or even gimmicky has a high repair cost involved.
Much like Lincoln Mark VIII HID headlight bulbs. On eBay; 2-300 bucks, used.
All of this new car technology (automatic braking, on-board displays, etc) all has a high price and some point a lot of people are going to get sticker shock when it has to be fixed.
Wonderful when it's working; not so much when it ain't.