Am I the only lucky one or is there an increase in the number of "Dealer Only" type replacement parts? Cases in point: Some time back I needed wiper blades for my Eldorado so I waltz into Autozone and, you guessed it, it's a dealer only item. You gotta be kidding me, how complicated is a wiper refill anyway? So I rumble over to the Caddy dealer. They're delighted to see me, and by cosmic coincidence they have them in stock at $20 for each refill!!!! Ouch, but I take it like a man and hope not to repeat that too soon. Little did I know that was just a warm up. About 2 months ago I thought I had a rear shock on the way out, so I figured I'd investigate the replacement situation just in case. After calling several places and hearing the same story, I resign myself to the fact that it's a dealer only part. So I call the happy folks at Caddy parts. The parts guy feels bad for me and says he'll let 'em go for $500 each!!!!!! Suddenly I don't need that rear shock anymore. I am thrilled at my good fortune. Today, after three weeks of clunk and rattle I determined that the bushing in the rear traction link on my Exploder is shot. I need wiper blades too, so I march off to Autozone. After studying the screen, my astute parts person utters the magic words. "Dealer Only". So I'm off to my neighborhood Ford dealer. Well it seems like Ford just can't be bothered with lowly bushings anymore, so I have to buy the whole stinking link for $22. That's 2 feet of iron to get a $.75 bushing. Is there a pattern here? Could this be how they convince you it's cheaper to buy a new car than fix that old hunk driving you're around in? If they push me hard enough, I'll take my cars to Cuba. They can fix anything there.