After $3k in the transfer case no, I'd have looked elsewhere.
You're exactly right, Bambus. My 04 SE is going on 10 years old (I bought it 10/04) and 110K miles. To date, it has been the best car I've ever owned.A lot of people are complaining about big MO problems, but I noticed that it is a big percentage on this forum, but a small percentage of ALL MUranos. Yes, there are some CVT and Transfer Case issues, but considering it's been used for 10 years in millions of vehicles sold it is proven good design.