Add my 2 cents - We all go through our own justification methods. Mine when something like this ..... drove a V6 CTS for about 3 years and it was fine, no real problems. My mechanic, not affiliated w/Cadillac, got me hooked on the Northstar - he thought one of the best engines made. So, that's what I got and couldn't be happier. I happen to be at a point in my life where that amount of dollars really didn't matter too much. To each their own - 20 years ago, I'd be different.