This is our first car and we've only had it 2 months.
In the first fortnight the automatic shift selector light failed. When we picked it up from the service centre a connector rod (?) failed and we only had the first three (3) gears available.
A week later the head gasket blew! Apparently the cause was the failure of the thermostat switch to turn on, causing the cooling system to fail and cooked the engine.
The car's been in the shop nearly 2 1/2 weeks now and is due to be picked up tomorrow. Approximately $1500 parts, machining & labour (includes new valves) free under warranty. And they've given me a loan car!
We are the 2nd owners and bought this car from the original dealer (it was a trade in, trade up). It has a complete service history and these are the first problems this car has experienced. Now that really is bad luck!!!
We've had some bad luck, but the car itself is outstanding (when it's going). Leather trim, electrics, power seats, Blaupunkt stereo, 10 stack CD changer, climate control. The original owner lost $90.000 in the depreciation of this car in 5 years. The auto trans is sluggish off the mark, unless you apply throttle, then it moves quite respectably (and then some!). At speed on the highway it moves quickly and effortlessly. This car will happily drive at 160 kms all day if required, probably everyday. It is very comfortable, strong and safe. The perfect family sedan.