First state inspection 10 days after purchase (at 113,225+ Miles, May 2008) :
- Front tires belt broke, replaced tires, balanced all 4
- Transmission oil and filter needed changing (brown oil)
- Upper manifold gasket needed replacing
- Tuneup (spark plugs and wires)
- Got oil changed
Not repaired (yet) :
- Air conditioning doesn't blow cold air.
- Brakes squeak when stopping.
- Replaced battery.
- Replaced alternator.
- Key would not unlock doors very well. In fact, they turn but wouldn't unlock. Fixed with WD-40 in locks.
Ongoing problems with battery dead after around 2 months but I don't drive it much. So I am trying a solar battery charger to keep charge up. We'll see how it does through the summer.
Despite the problems, which I expect are normal for a car of this age, this is a very reliable and great car!
The ride is very comfortable. You can adjust the softness of the driver seat. I previously had a car with no seat adjustments, and crank-down windows, manual locks. So having power seats, power door locks and power windows is great! Except in winter when you want to open the window a crack and they are frozen! But they thaw after defrosting the car.
The handling is great. The car is powerful and can get in and out of a lot of traffic fast enough without hesitation. Very smooth steering, no vibrations whatsoever.
The squeaking brakes when stopping is annoying. But my mechanic assured me that the brakes are in fine shape and they pass state inspection. So I don't really worry about it. The car stops just fine, no problems.
The trunk is not as roomy as my Pontiac 6000, I don't think, but what I like is you can access the trunk by pulling down the back seat backs, which is very easy to do with pull tabs.
The interior of the car seems very roomy. That is, for a car that looks small. I guess because of the rounded contour and curves of the vehicle it makes it look smaller than it really is.
This car is good on gas, for a 200hp 6-cyl. 3.0L engine. I only get gas maybe once every other month (since I don't drive a whole lot).
I really can't pick nits with this car. It's a fine vehicle and it gets the job done. I'm very happy with it. She may have a quirk or two, but in the first year I've had her here, she's done very well for a car bought used from a private owner. I think I got a great deal on this one.
I've read of some of the problems others had and I haven't (yet) had any problems with the windshield wipers, once I discovered they have several settings which set them off at intervals. You have to just be very sure they are actually really turned off, and not on the lowest setting, I've found.
I also noticed if your "Theft" light on the dash blinks rapidly after you start the car, your battery is dying. Replacing the battery with a fully-charged one fixes the problem.