Think about that argument. A microwave is an accessory to the house. You can have a fine house with no microwave. Is a timing chain an accessory to the car?
I’m not against making repairs at all. But I wouldn’t say “I drove that Dodge truck to nearly 200k miles. Dodge’s are quite reliable” without including the fact that the trans went kaput at 130k miles. It doesn’t mean the Dodge is a bad truck. But when you disregard major repairs along the way and talk about high mileage, it muddies the waters somewhat in my opinion. Sort of along the same lines as the guy argued way back when the original post started. Not that I agree or disagree with his opinion on domestic vs Japanese brands.
Bottom line, to me it’s more credible to say X car went Y miles with no internal repairs vs. X car went Z miles, after I replaced the timing chain, head gasket, etc.
And Bing is the only person I’ve ever heard of in my life who had a transmission overhaul as preventive maintenance. But that may not be a bad idea considering he got half a mil out of his rig.