Most reliable car I've ever owned
Transmission at 37,000 miles, repaired under warranty, replacement of torque shifter in 2011 for $400 at a local transmission shop.
Front caliper pistons @ 103,000 miles, DIY $50 in parts and a couple of hours of elbow grease and labor. Replaced pads and rotors at the time (about $120 in parts).
1 set of tire replacements since new.
Intermittent O2 codes, even after replacing the sensors twice DIY for $200 - the cost of 4 sensors @ 90,000 miles. Bought a code reader and I delete the codes before inspection, and do a drive cycle to reset. No impact in fuel mileage, averages 21-22 mpg daily driving and 27 mpg highway.
One set of spark plugs.
Normal flushes, oil, transmission, fuel line clean up, power steering and coolant @ 85,000 miles.
I've been leasing cars since 1994, and when by lease end I had never had to do anything but regular maintenance, I decided to purchase this baby, and still after 8 years, I don't regret it. Might have 8 years more of use before I get something with radical technology.
I've been tempted in the past few years to replace it with a Hyundai Azera, BMW 5 Series, a Mercedes C Class and recently with a Buick LaCrosse, and when I realized that I'm not gaining any additional benefit for the same or worse MPG, and having to spend from $30k-$40k, why even bother. I've had no car payments for many years, so the little maintenance in the past two years have been very reasonable. The car has everything I need, and it is very comfortable.
Maybe I would splurge on a new stereo to connect my iPod to - but I know the moment I put something extra in, it will cause its demise - so I'm sticking with books on CD from the local library for my daily 2 hour Atlanta commute.
I put about 15K miles per year, and used to replace my cars every 2 or 3 years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2011