Thanks for all the TWATbro love, much appreciated.
FWIW I had a '93 Audi A4 (2.4 V6) for about three years, from 2007-10, as my "car at home" in the UK. Did a lot of driving in that thing, and it had about 150k miles on it when I passed it on to a friend. I had to replace the fuel pump once at 135.. Apart from that it was a peach. It seems to me that the more modern cars get, the more shit seems to go wrong with them: electronics in abundance as low cost extra "features" offered as a premium package - with a million sensors and settings that can go wrong, and that your mechanic even in the dealer can barely fathom, and fundamentally less enduring structures with the dual goals of weight loss and one-time crash safety, that make any minor bump a catastrophic failure. I would like a new car in many ways, but older cars I always like driving more. Rather like mechanical watches, I suppose. I hate traction control, blind spot warning systems, satellite navigation and digital displays of all kinds, and I'd dump the ABS too if I could.