When I first got the car, it had sat for a year. I have a bit of a lead foot, so the first thing that went was the fuel injectors. Not cheap considering there are four. $250 and 5-7 days shipping right off the bat.
The motor was a little bit greasy, but I didn't really think anything of it at first. As time went on, I noticed it was coming from the valve cover gasket. Not a big deal, just bought a new gasket and replaced it myself with a road-side assistance kit. Total cost - $6. I then de-greased the motor and it looked a day over 20,000 miles old.
Winter is here in Pennsylvania and I have discovered one serious flaw with the car, no snow traction. This, perhaps, was not helped by the balding tires in the front and the 2 - 15" sub-woofers in the trunk (which fit very nicely I might add). I discovered next year, however, that even with new tires (although not snow tires) and the sub-woofers removed, getting going from standing still is an amazing challenge even on slightly glazed road.
The car has another major winter flaw, if it's below a certain temperature (10 above to 20 degrees below) you will not get any heat because the engine won't stay warm enough. I thought this to be a faulty thermostat and replaced it to no avail. The motor is simply not insulated enough to handle extreme cold.
After having owned the car for 10,000 miles and almost a year, I'm still having trouble with the clutch. I can't quite get the hang of it. The engagement is very high and unless I give it high RPMs I get serious chatter. I believe the problem is rooted to a bad clutch plate and press plate, but that has yet to be seen.
A tie rod broke when they were putting on the new tires and giving it an alignment, just an extra 25 bucks. Better in the shop than on the road.
I've started noticing an increasing amount of carbon build-up on the tip of the exhaust and all over the back of the bumper. It seems to be running rich and the oil is dirty even immediately after I change it. I had the engine flushed and began changing my oil every 500 miles four times in a row. The oil looks almost brand new all the time. Still can't figure out why it's spitting out so much carbon, it doesn't burn the oil at all.
Needed a slight tune-up to get rid of the rough idling. Distributor cap and rotor, plugs, wires and O2 sensor. $60 all together. Just one more hint, using premium gas helps too.
The brake pedal had a very long throw before I would start to get good braking power. 145,000 miles it gets new disc's and rotors, drums and shoes, and now this thing stops on a dime even without ABS.
When it rains at night, I can't see. It's not that the wipers don't work well, there is just a lot of glare, poor power from the headlights even with performance bulbs, so the lines in the road just kinda disappear.
Struts and mounts are starting to go around 150,000 miles, mostly the rear ones. I might as well just replace them and drive the car for another 150,000, since that's where this thing seems to want to go.