Few cars will survive a long time in such extreme weather swings each year, let alone pot holes. Pot holes can destroy the suspensions, break axles, and bend wheels of large 2 ton Cummins diesels with massive rubber on their wheels. What would make anyone think a modern Lexus on low profile performance tires would survive such inclement roads? The majority of luxury cars these days are sold with low profile performance tires as suspensions have moved towards air or complex systems such as magnetic control, which GM developed and licenses out to manufactures such as Audi. It's cool your wife's Tercel still works, but the Tercel is a very, very light car. Lighter than a Corolla. In fact, it's over 380 lb lighter than a similar year Corolla. Compare that to a 3,800-4,300 lb Lexus, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi, et al. Rough rodes or potholes won't hurt that Tercel. I'd be surprised if you could manage to blow the shocks and the struts on it. That Tercel weighs less than 2000 lb. Lighter than most cars that production year. You could try airing your experiences with Lexus on ClubLexus. You'll be welcomed with open arms. What would you have preferred? "Bought ourselves a new car which I won't be driving but my wife will"? In the same mind set, this past year, my wife bought me a new Omega watch to add to my collection. Sounds a bit matriarchal, right? The wife or woman of the house doing good deeds for the husband? Or should we both share the Omega watch? I don't believe your were poking fun at Fixer's comment. It's more like you have a habit of stirring the pot. This isn't the first time nor will it be the last, I'm sure.