Alternator bearings failed at 70k, 144k, and again at 210k kilometers. These units were cheap to buy through jobbers, and easily replaced.
Mufflers have been a problem, usually being replaced every 30,000 km.
Shocks and struts are a weak point, although rough road conditions account for poor performance. Have replaced both shocks and struts 6 times since the car was new. Once, failure to replace them in time led to replacing upper rear mounts.
Thermostat failed in the open position at 110,000 km.
Traveling on gravel roads, flying rocks under the car, caused erosion of the rear control arms, causing the left rear arm to break under normal driving conditions, at 130,000 km.
O-ring underneath the fuel injector swelled up several times, forcing the injector off of its seat, and allowing fuel to pass unrestricted, causing a flooding and no start condition.
Have had intermittent check engine light since new, no problems have ever been found. Most likely a wiring connection fault.
Camshaft end seal has been replaced 3 times, due to oil leaking through behind the cam gear.
This car has been a great unit from day one. Very little trouble, and with routine maintenance, has cost virtually nothing to keep running.
The interior is quite comfortable, even for someone like myself, who is 6'5" tall.
Seats could be slightly more supportive.
Having lived out its useful service life as a daily driver, this car has recently been converted to a stock-class ice racing vehicle. Still running fine, uses very little fuel, even in race conditions.
Definitely a good purchase as a first car, or for anyone needing a cheap, reliable commuter car.
I would recommend these cars to anyone.