It only had 2000 miles on it so doubt it was abused. I couldn’t tell what kind of transmission it had in it and never had a chance to look at the drive train much. It did look a little weird so maybe it was a CVT or something. I’m used to quiet V6s though so to me it was noticeable.
As far as regulations, I never said the number wouldn’t go down but just not a whole lot. 85,000 out of 100,000 to me is not a significant reduction. But the thing is its like everything else, you don’t really start to look at unnecessary ones until the pressure is on. Just as the old rule of work expands to equal the time allotted, regulations expand to their limit to keep everyone busy. Everyone knows you need to put pressure on to get efficient.