Quote from StalePhish
Cars are expected to have 5 to 10 years of good performance before they start falling apart. It's pretty rare to see cars on the road (at least in the northeast USA) that are older than 15 years, and these guys are about 40 years old. I'm quite surprised that they have only 40,000 miles. My daily driver is a 2007 with 65,000 miles but I know numerous people with cars from 150,000-250,000 miles.
Mid-engine RWD is fantastic. I've got a 1987 Pontiac Fiero for a weekend car. It's got a 2.8L V6 in front of the rear axle.
I'm quite amazed too. My '97 Accord has 187,000ish miles on it - 2.2L 4-cylinder. Still pretty good but the transmission likes to slip from time to time. Though I guess that's what you get with an almost-20 year automatic transmission.
And you said it. I'd love to have a "fun car" for the weekend. I've always preferred RWD, even if it isn't mid-engined, Though mid-engined is simply fantastic.