I would gladly pay for an extra water pump or two to avoid driving a boring, souless transit every day.
So you want to buy a substandard vehicle, beat on it every day on crappy roads, in crappy weather and rack up the miles so it's dead in three years because it isn't boring? This attitude is why the trash manufacturers are still business. Takes a certain type to buy garbage because they don't want to be bored while sitting in traffic.
I think guys who say this are justifying their bad purchase to themselves rather than anyone else. Take any other large purchase, are you going to buy the least reliable television, washing machine, HOUSE, etc. because it isn't boring? Nope. So don't pretend there's some sense in buying a piece of **** car.
I drive a Camry every day. Since 2016 I've done nothing to it except change the oil. It's not exciting or fun. Who cares? It's paid off and since they RETAIN VALUE, it's like a savings account. I've had only Camrys as daily drivers for 20 years now and I've never been stranded and never done ANY work to them except regular maintenance. Literally. No water pumps, no alternators. Never even changed a ****ing accessory belt on one. Oil, tires, batteries, brakes. I also have a 1965 Mustang and two motorcycles. You can spend a lot of money on your hobbies and projects with a clear conscience when you know your daily driver isn't a money pit.
Exciting is 400cc two-stroke motorcycle with no suspension or brakes to speak of. And I bet I could take your Jeep down hard in an autocross with my Camry. So let's not pretend anymore.