Rust throughout the car, especially in the roof, bonnet, and possibly the rear chassis.
Alternator repeatedly drained the battery, partially due to the repair shop not checking the alternator function, despite being asked to.
Metallic paint fading badly on the bonnet, and doing little better on the rest of the car.
Brakes never worked properly.
Front left wheel out of alignment, causing vibration over about 105km/h.
Leak under back seat (possibly rust) filled the spare wheel well and back seat floor with water.
Oil hose broke, spraying oil all over the engine. Some smoke from exhaust pipe heating up oil, but no fire started.
Heater hose broke, but car ran well if it was kept filled up with water until it could be fixed.
Oil leak slowly drains oil.
Fuel gauge inaccurate.
Heater very poor.
Other minor wear and tear issues associated with a 21-year-old car.
Despite its problems, I love this car. Before I got it, it had sat in a field for more than a year, and before that the owner had not looked after it all that well. I put most of its problems down to this neglect. But it keeps on going.
The air conditioner is the best I've ever come across, the car is roomy in the front seats (not so much in the back), and is quite comfortable. It is also very nice to drive.
The car is also surprisingly quick for an older, small car with an automatic transmission. But it isn't particularly fuel efficient for a car of its size either, I find it extremely difficult to average less than 10 l/100 km, even when driven carefully and avoiding traffic, and can go as bad as 12 l/100 km when driven sportily or in traffic.
Sadly, because of the rust problem, and the fact that last year it went through A$1,000 in repairs (but $350 to a repairer that did not do their job properly and refused to refund the money), I will be getting rid of this car soon. It will be sadly missed.
My advice to anyone thinking of buying this car is to buy one that has been cared for. Mine was not, and it has deteriorated rapidly. But the fact that I still see many of these driving around, makes me sure that if mine had been looked after, it would have run almost forever.