Head gasket blew at 118,000 (replaced when I bought at 116,000).
Coils and wires replaced x2 during ownership 116000-127000.
Water leakage on back hatch.
Horrible corrosion (and I live in the South).
Thermostats x3 during time of ownership (not the cheap ones either).
Let's see, I bought this mini SUV with hopes that an import would be economical for my family (just traded in a 97 Taurus). The aesthetics are decent to say the best. Examples would include the placement of cupholders, the center console not locking in its retractable tract, and the back panel (inside) falling off the sheet metal hatch. Not to mention corrosion from the spare tire brackets.
The engine itself, is designed to be good on gas. However, it should be noted that the aluminum heads and steel block are NOT friends. Be ready to shell out for those gaskets. I personally don't like pulling the head off to change spark plugs, but it's in the design. The water pump and thermostat are located easily, but fail pretty consistently. The engine itself is slow to pick up, and causes some shuddering at higher speeds (highway).
Overall, the theory of the car is good, but in reality, nope. I would not suggest buying or even looking at this car. If you want a cheap mini SUV, consider domestic. If import is your thing, stay with the big two, Toyota or Nissan.