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I can relate, but I got mine for free (2003 2.7L) and at 200k miles I took a leap and performed the following:

- head gaskets and bolts;
- all intake and exhaust valves and stems;
- cam sprocket (after decimating the rear sprocket in a failed timing belt change!)
- entire coil pack, alternator, plug wires and plugs;
- timing belt, water pump, tensioner, and idler pulley;
- radiator and hoses, condenser, expansion valve, compressor, and thermostat;

- brake master cylinder;
- IAC valve;

- control arms and ball joints, front struts/shocks, cv joints, inner and outer tie rod ends, and sway bars.

I have just replaced both exhaust manifolds and the downpipe (?) with catalytic converter with ones from MagnaFlow (this has been the most expensive endeavor by far). I'm also swapping the stock air intake with a Weapon-R short ram.

Basically all the work I've done to this car has become something of a joke between friends, so I've decided to start making all sorts of radical performance upgrades. Rotors are next.

Also don't forget all the (non-parts) maintenance that goes into keeping a car going. I've had to replace every single gasket. Then there's the hoses. And o-rings. Resealing the upper oil pan was beyond a pain.
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