When I got it: Infrequently, the transmission stuttered on highway in overdrive. (Didn't fail until 50,000 miles later.)
Engine computer at 90,000 miles. Then again at 98,000 miles. No computer problems since.
Heard soft steady "clicking" when ABS (anti-lock braking system) engaged. It turned out to be a missing tooth in a gear of the right front wheel's ABS. Two of three mechanics could not find problem, so it seemed to be a rare issue. $450.
Air conditioning is dead. But I don't tend to need it in Chicago.
Alternator died at 105,000 miles. Died again about 15,000 later.
Had a flat tire. Lug nuts seized; I broke the lug wrench trying to remove tire. Heavy duty wrench did not work. Mechanic broke nuts removing them, and said nuts were "too tight" but I had the same problem a year later. Now I rotate tires every 6 months, WD-40 the bolts, and HAND tighten nuts back on.
Water pump failed and replaced sometime after alternator.
ABS failed around 130,000 miles. $600 to fix.
Transmission burnt out at 135,000 miles.
I have replaced four joints in front steering since I owned it. $150 to $200 a pop.
CD player started having problems about 3 years ago. Now its dead.
Windshields wiper linkage at 145,000 miles for $150.
Infrequently, the trans is now slipping, but only for the first 30 seconds after I start the car. Also noticing some stutter in transmission during city driving.
Latest problem is the ABS light going on when I press brakes firmly. Mechanic says it is in ABS electrical system, and not a mechanical problem.
I'm selling this and getting a sedan.