When I first got the car I noticed the the front ball joint was broken. I asked them to fix it. I thought they did however, when I went for my oil change, my mechanic informed me that it will need to be fixed someday. I never had the money to do it and it never go to the point where I needed to so I never did.
Almost a year after I bought the car the head gasket went. Something else with a gas seal was wrong with it too. This frustrated me because I did not drive the car that much at all at that point. (I was in a bad car accident before I bought this car and was still working my way into driving again.)
Last summer the gas tank started to leak. I never did have the money to fix that. I finally did save up the money to fix it and then the timing chain went. This took out the rest of the engine. I was driving from one parking lot to another and then 3 quick clicks and my car was off and that's all she wrote. No clicks or thumps to warn me. It just died.
Other things that were a problem were the buttons (stereo, hazards...) are not glued on. They fall off. When I was going threw the whole head gasket issue last year one of the buttons fell off and I never did find it. It is really a bummer when they fall off while your driving.
Last summer I hit a puddle and my car started to make a awful sound. It turned out that the water bent one of the protective metal things under the car so it was pressing against the exhaust. I bent it back, but every-time I came near a mini-puddle it would bend back. Not a big problem, but a wee bit annoying.
The car drove well in regards to acceleration and handling. It was also really quite when at slow speeds. At high speeds it was a wee bit loud, but not to the point where it annoyed me too much. Near the end it seemed to have a little problem with shifting or something. I would hit the gas and it would do nothing (as if it was in neutral) then suddenly get its act together and was fine. I put a post-it note for my mechanic to check that out when I got my oil change. However, I was due to have that done on a Monday and my car died on the Friday before so it never made it to that point.
Overall, I would say this is a decent car. However, it has its problems. Sadly, I need a dependable car since I do not have much money and this did not give me what I needed. I did take car of my car in regards to oil changes and things that needed to be done that I could afford. However, it still proved to not last me at least two years.