There is not a major area of the car I did not have a problem with. The first was the power window motor, no big deal $200. 53,000 miles at this point.
At 55,000, the alternator went 60 miles away from my house, a friend picked me up and I installed it roadside. Parts were difficult to come by, my car was left for 11 days, and it still ran me near to $400. On the way home with the new alternator, the A/C was not functioning, so I took it in for service. I was told the compressor was bad, $250 installed.
I had a trouble free and smooth month and then it began making a front end noise/ vibration. Turned out to be a wheel bearing, ran me $175 labor on me. Not even a week later, I got cut off, and had to hit the brakes, and nearly rear-ended someone because the right front caliper bolt/pin assembly snapped, allowing the caliper to flap around in my rim. Exhaust had been making noise since I bought it, patches weren't holding anymore so I went ahead and replaced it for $900.
I at this point begin to shop for vehicles and slap a for sale sign in the window for quite a bit less than I paid.
The car must have been hurt by this, I noticed coolant when I changed my oil, and dark coolant in the radiator. We are now at 60,000 miles, and I'm looking at a head gasket?
That would have been lucky. After careful inspection, there was actually a crack in the rear of the cylinder head of the motor. Estimates were in excess of $2500.
I would also like to mention that this car was driven by an older adult woman, and then I babied the car from the day I bought it, It got a daily highway warm up, mainly in the right lane.