I agree with you, take care of it atleast a little and it will last a long time. The pedal gets pushed flat against the floor as often as possible on both my Ram and my brothers Dakota.No noise on startup. I use a NAPA Gold 1085 oil filter with the drain-back flap, and Mobil1 synthetic 5w30 hi-mileage every 4500-5000 miles. The only time the valve covers have come off was for HO cams @100K. One water pump replaced. 280,000 miles reached this week. :bs2: for those who say Chrysler's last USA built V8 isn't top notch! It's still largely true that if don't know the history of a used vehicle, you're buying someone else's problems.
Just an example of what a "daily drive" consists of.