I haven't been playing ever since you announced maintenance removal. I figured why suffer the (finally admitted) terrible system while I wait?
TBF you're missing out on income from playing. Maintenance sucks but you still make a net gain, have some fun
AND you can just put the One or Two '4s' on your fleet at Vet or Leg level to cut costs so I hear...
(if that is true idk but does seem to condense how much your "Used" ship gets.)
When you've played as long as I have... that's of little concern. I'd rather it be easier at this point. I've already hit max rank like 3 times during the alphas and betas. You'll have to forgive me if I wasn't really in the mood to do it again in the current system. I wait for the significant changes these days and the removal of maintenance is certainly one of them.
To be clear I did hit T4 in the current system when I decided to stop.