About a month after I got it, the shifting light went out, and shortly after that, the temperature gauge stopped working.
The shocks and struts were almost shot when I bought it, but I started having to drop to 5 km/hr to go over any sort of speed bump at about 200,000 kms.
The muffler started to come apart at 210,000, and when my uncle fixed it, he had to patch a hole where the exhaust was escaping below my engine.
The upholstery on the driver's side came apart easily, at about 200,000 kms.
The reverse started making noises and "chugging" at 220,000.
Fifth gear stopped working at 224,000 kms, and when I tried to get an estimate of repair costs, they wanted several hundred, and thought they might have to replace the transmission. I decided to just keep driving it.
Most recently has no power - I can barely hit 80 km/hr on the highway. Also, the bright headlights don't work unless I turn them off and on a few times - there's some sort of wiring glitch. The speedometer lights haven't worked since 240,000 kms, and the heater makes a clunking noise on the passenger side.
The furthest right spark plug falls out on a regular basis, and it's not just me putting it in wrong - I've had a mechanic tighten it twice now.
I bought this car at a used car dealership for $2,000, and they took my (free) '90 Dodge Caravan that barely ran for a $500 trade, bringing the total down to $1500. I've never put any money into the car aside from regular maintenance I've done myself, as I knew from the beginning I'd be running it into the ground. It's been the cheapest car ever - cheap to insure, cheap on gas, (500 km/tank before 225,000 kms, and now, with all her issues, about 370 km/tank.)
That said, if I was to have it fixed every time something new on it went, I'd be furious, broke, and probably feel pretty screwed over.
Overall, however, I've loved my purple car. She's been good to me, always gotten me where I needed to go, and handles very well. She doesn't have a lot of get-up-n'-go, and never really has, but again, for what I paid for her, she's been a dream.