Replaced exhaust system and O2 sensors at 90,000 miles. Total cost was about $1,000, though the damage to the exhaust system was self-inflicted.
Replaced all belts and hoses at 95,000 miles to prevent major failure... nothing lasts forever. Cost about $700.
Replaced sunroof motor at 90,000 miles. Cost was $600. Sunroof has not closed properly for several years, but does not leak (yet).
Brake system replaced at 100,000 miles. Cost about $400.
Vacuum locking system does not lock trunk, though all doors lock and alarm arms properly.
AC seems weak at peak of summer, but I live in Alabama and we have really HOT summers. Germany enjoys cooler summer temps.
Having previously owned a BMW 733i, a Volvo 940se turbo, and several Volkswagens, this has been my favorite car to own, maintain, and drive.
While it is not outstanding in any one area, it seems to do everything well. Rather, it’s not a muscle car, and it’s not loaded with luxury gadgets, it is simply a pleasure to own and drive.
After 130,000 miles and 10 years, the paint job still looks great! Really!
The body styling is timeless…my friends and work colleagues don’t believe it’s a 10 year old design. I still think she’s a beauty on the outside.
The interior is still outstanding too. The fit and finish quality amazes me when I compare to other “luxury” car interiors.
There is nothing cheap about the interior materials used. And I really love the understated elegance of the dash (a no-flash dash).
Absolutely NO rattles or other noises. Even after 135,000 miles.