I purchased this car brand new on 12/21/07. The lowest-optioned one on the lot that still had air conditioning and an automatic transmission.
To give you an idea of how new it was, the truck had just dropped off the vehicle, and I test-drove a higher-optioned model while the dealership searched for the keys for this one. So it had very little prior use, even as a demo or test-drive vehicle, before I bought it.
The car had roll-up manual windows and locks. Only complaint about the manual windows was that my fiance's kids could put the windows down themselves from their car seats, sometimes when it was inappropriate to do so, like in the winter or during a rainstorm.
I proceeded to put almost 53,000 miles on it over the next two years.
In that time, I did not have to replace the brakes or the tires -- although the front tires were getting pretty worn by the time I was done. I did not rotate them as I should have, so while the rears had some tread, the fronts were nearly bald.
The only problems I had were:
1. Air conditioning/heater blower motor went out -- replaced under warranty, late 2008.
2. Brake vacuum booster went out in early 2009, replaced at the very tail end of the warranty period. It did not fail leaving me with no brakes, but developed a loud, sucking vacuum leak under the dash.
3. Air conditioning condensate drain tube got plugged with something and caused water to leak into the car, soaking the carpets -- $80 to fix at dealership.
I ran MobilOne full synthetic oil in this car starting with the first oil change, and changed it religiously at 3,000 miles, despite not having to change so frequently because it was synthetic oil. However, the engine had more than enough power, and was in excellent condition when I traded it despite the high mileage.
I traded it in on a 2006 Dodge Caravan in November, 2009, because I needed a larger car to help my fiance take her kids to day-care. I gave her the Caravan and I drive her old car now.