As a Californian, it sure would be nice for the drought to end, but the last time El Niño struck, a mountain fell on my house. It's still there, the house holding back the mountain. I'd like to not repeat that experience.
Here in California we have four seasons just like everywhere else:
I would also add that the 52% fatality rate is much better than the 90% rate that other outbreaks have sufferred, and it suggests that the heroic medical intervention that is underway is having a beneficial effect.
The 90% figure is for the Zaire strain of Ebola,
The current strain is new but believed related to the Uganda strain that has a 50% fatality rate.
However this is still bad, diseases that we consider bad like Yellow Fever have a 20% mortality rate that reduces to 3% if treated early. If you travel to a South America, you need proof of a Yellow Fever vaccine to get back into Australia without issue.
Heck. At 12-years on a BMW, there are any number of wearbale parts that replacement may exceed car value (tires, brakes (you have to replace the rotors with the pads on a BMW), etc).
You might as well have written "I dont know anything about cars". It would have been quicker and faster.
A set of racing spec brake pads and rotors (Project Mu) for my 14 yr old Nissan S15 cost A$1000, that's racing spec (800 degrees C) for sustained track use. A set of povo spec rotors and pads from Supercheap Auto will cost in the vicinity of $300 and this is Australia, one of the most expensive countries in the world.
Also you dont have to replace the rotors with the pads (whoever fed you that line was probably making a mint from you). A set of rotors should last several sets of pads unless you're doing a lot of track days on stock rotors and heating them up until they crack.
Even a replacement gearbox should only cost $2000 ish for most cars.
Now for average cars like a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, these are dirt cheap to keep running and repair, not that they often need repairs. There is an abundance of aftermarket parts for them (and BMW's) so even if you blow a radiator, it's going to be $400-500 to replace, hoses and all and most of that would be labour. People try to kill Honda Civic's and fail.