Great reliable car!
Ball joints were a recurring problem until about 65,000 miles. Don't know why, but they're fine now.
Battery blew up at 60,000.
Spring in clutch pressure plate snapped, and had to replace clutch and slave cylinder. This was around 70,000. The technician said there was plenty of life left on the clutch, but we replaced it since everything was disassembled.
ABS modulator I think was defective from day one, since the light would periodically come on, but go off after awhile. Finally, at 80,000 miles, the light stayed on. Since the replacement, no light.
Secondary smog pump at 50,000.
It's been a reliable car, although it requires attention to maintenance schedules. Exhaust, radiator, alternator, coolant pump, and steering pump are all original.
It's very comfortable and drives like a champ, although I don't drive it much now since we just bought a new car in May 2012. The first car since the Passat (16 years)!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th January, 2013