Got my licence at age 16 in 1952. Lot of miles and kilometers since then, having been a police officer for 30 years. One speeding ticket, would you believe I was driving a police car at the time. Won't go into the details.
On a recent trip I discovered that fuel was spilling out from somewhere on the top of the gas tank when refueling. When using a jerry can there was no spillage. A little research on the net turned up a few instances where the fuel hose was deteriorating near the top close to where it is fitted to the tank, causing leaks when fuelling under pressure. Off to a local RV repair place where it was discovered that in my case it was the vent pipe that went bad. Today I got it back after coughing up 760 bucks. Replaced both the filler and the vent hoses, gasoline rated hoses are really expensive. The biggest chunk of the bill was for labour as the tank had to be dropped to access the old hose connections. Also had lube, oil and filter done.
Retrieved it from the RV repair place where it got new awning fabric to replace the old 15 year old stuff that was full of little holes and the dirt was so embedded in it was impossible to get clean. Also got new exhaust pipe for the generator.
My son works for a designated driver service on weekends. He tells me he drove one a few weeks back on a snowy miserable night. It had AWD and stick shift and he said it handled the bad stuff really good. The client stated that comments from other owners who are faced with driving in the winter steered him to the Juke. It seems the need for a safe, dependable commuter car over-rides the quirky styling.
I replaced the Ford Stuff with Monroes at about 100000 KM, saw no difference whatsoever with the ride at the rear, slight improvement at the front which lasted about 10000 KM. Don't waste your money on Monroes.