First, one major plus about the car: Despite all the expensive repairs it has required since I purchased it, only twice has the required maintenance rendered it undrivable: 1) when the battery died and 2) when a nail puncture necessitated a tire patch.
Other than that one big positive, this car has actually eaten a lot of cash in the nearly four years that I've had it. Some of the following repairs are expected with age, but all in all, the amount of big-ticket repairs has felt rather excessive:
All of the springs have needed replacement.
The tie rods have needed replacement.
A trailing-arm replacement was needed, as well.
The bushings in the rear (mainly on the right) needed replacement.
The brakes, rotors, and calipers have needed replacement. (The rotors were very worn.)
Both tail lights burnt out and needed replacement. Not together, though.
Wiper blades wore out... although, that's not surprising at all.
Tire tread wore down, necessitating new tires. Although that's not a shocker either. Only two of the four tires were really bad, though.
The fan belt needed replacement.
The timing-belt was the latest to go, and the water pump had some side-to-side play to it, meaning it maybe wasn't far behind, so that was replaced as well.
And I have had to have a few alignments done... if I remember correctly, three so far. This is definitely a recurring repair. And it's not cheap.
Also, the light burnt out on the clock on the dashboard. But that's fairly trivial, so it hasn't been repaired.
More yet-to-be-repaired items:
Driver's side head-rest is broken.
The buttons to maneuver the electric seat (driver's seat) fell off. (Although, it can still be maneuvered via the nubs that are left.)
The door-lock mechanism is finicky... locks tend to not open on the first turn of the key.