The day after I bought this car, there was that whole recall with the Firestone tires. Since my car was new, I held out until 2002 when the last month of the recall was allowed, and got 4 new Michelin tires out of the deal. I've had to replace the front and back brakes twice, the back windshield wiper doesn't "hit" the entire window anymore and there was a recall on the driver seat's bolt- which I had replaced for free, but didn't know the reason for the recall. No other troubles.
Surprised to find this has been a very good, reliable car. Never thought I'd make 100,000 miles without any real repairs needed. I owned a 1984 Ford Escort in which the old "Found On the Road Dead" or "Fixed Or Repaired Daily" were true quotes.
SUV is very roomy, cloth seats are soft, easy to clean, soaks up sweat whereas leather would make you slide. We've packed in one dog, 5 kids, 4 snowboards and full winter gear INSIDE the cabin before. Seats fold down to accommodate lots of items purchased for the home, such as lawnmower, snowblower, 42inch LCD TV, BBQ Grill, twin size mattresses and klick klack bed.
It is expensive to fill up the tank these days, but each full gas tank will carry us @260 miles. Sometimes that's $35, sometimes $40 at these prices. In the earlier years, it was only $20.