Originally Posted by TheArcticWolf1911
x2 on this. Keep it well maintained and it will serve you until it just wears out. Two things I'll note. Most parts on the engine can be replaced with non-motorcraft parts and it'll work just as well. However, if you replace the spark plugs/wires or the cam syncro, stick with motorcraft.
Point well taken...from experience I've never had good luck with aftermarket air-conditioning compressors, starters, or alternators. I have purchased the aftermarket parts with lifetime warranties, but end up spending a lifetime replacing them every year or so....