Transmission died upon driving car off the dealer's lot, but they did fix it for free. ($1000?)
Barely visible small dents on hood, trunk, & roof of car - maybe due to hail from previous owner? Doesn't affect drivability so I haven't paid to fix it.
Paint (clear coat) is flaking off in certain places, mostly on the roof & trunk -- looks like wind streaks.
Air conditioner does not blow cold air, heater does not heat. Can't fix it without converting the system from freon to the new stuff.
($150 for conversion, then $40 for fill/charge)
Exhaust system rusty - the pipe would hang then eventuall drag & fall off; replaced twice since I've owned it. Roads are salted in winter here so that doesn't help.
(1st replacement was DIY - $25 & only the half that was rusty, from tail to midway. 2nd time was thru a mechanic & the entire pipe from catalytic converter to tail was replaced - $126.)
Coolant reservoir has hole on the side so it can't be filled past that point. (Not yet fixed/replaced due to next complaint.)
Coolant in reservoir turns brown within 24hrs of cleaning/replacing it. I thought it was oil, but the oil looked/felt clean, unlike the gunky brown coolant.
(Not yet fixed, I estimate it to be pricey - possibly a headgasket.)
Trunk gets wet - I think the door or seals are worn & lets water in. The same goes for the seal around my front windshield - which lets water in & the roof (around the visors) gets wet.
Driver side window keeps coming out of tracks so I can't roll the window down without losing the glass. This has been fixed several times.
Fixed fuel line leak a few weeks ago June 2004.
($156 to replace hoses)
Replaced alternator 1 week after fuel line probs. The voltage indicator would be low, plus the "Check engine" light would come on.
($150 for new alternator parts, $100 for repair mechanic)
Leaking oil, looks like thru valve cover gasket. Hopefully nowhere else. Leak is getting worse as the engine is soaked & smokes when hot; the smoke smells like burnt oil & occurs only around oil-soaked parts - not from anything else I could see.
(Not yet fixed, I got an estimate of roughly $100)