We bought the car in 2001 after a particularly bad run with a Landrover Discovery. We wanted a reliable, comfortable car that would be cheap to fix when required (as built locally).
The car has been virtually faultless, the problems above quite minor really (oxygen sensors don't last forever).
The car still drives like the day we bought it, the engine is smooth and power adequate although engine noise not as well insulated from the cabin as a V6 Camry of the same age.
The engine and transmission perform like new (oil changed every 6 months) and the body has no rattles or leaks. The interior has worn particularly well and the exterior paint has coped well with the Australian climate. The panels seem to be just that little bit thicker than what we seem to be seeing now. The odd shopping trolley bump doesn't seem to dent the car like it does on newer models.
The only real complaint was initially a tendency for the car to pull to the left slightly despite wheel alignments. Newer, better quality tyres fixed this problem.
An A/C re-gas may be needed this summer.
Total maintenance cost minus scheduled services/tyres etc about $200. This equals about $35 a year in repairs. Now our Landrover...$1500 in 3 months, works out at $4500 a year - maybe a little unfair a comparison :)