I've had the car for 7 years now, and for the most part I've been happy with it. However, I do think that I've had to have more work done to it than perhaps most would require, early on.
Within my first 1.5 years of owning my vehicle - and with less than 20,000 KM on it, I had to have the brake rotors re-done, because my car was vibrating like nobody's business when I was braking. Of course this wasn't covered because it was "wear and tear"... how does that much "wear and tear" occur that soon? I had barely driven it!
Since then, I've had the brake pads redone, the rotors redone again, struts fixed up, and a few other things, at least to the tune of $2,500 to $3,000.
I get it maintained on time, all the time, and mechanics (outside of the dealership) also comment on how well my car is maintained, and how well it's held up.
Now, my car won't start. It was working perfectly fine until last night, when I went to start it up after running some errands and it was just dead. Lights and radio would come on, but the engine wouldn't turn over. Tried the spark plugs, hammering the starter, checking the battery - everything. Tow truck finally got it started, somehow, so I could take it to the mechanic. Turned it off, and it wouldn't start again.
Now I'm anxiously waiting the call from the mechanic, to find out what the heck is wrong with it. I just hope it isn't something too expensive...