Picked it up for a song with 44,000 miles. At that time the front seats and back seat cushions were reuphoulstered due to splitting.
This car consumed at least 1 alternator and 1 battery per year. There were no electrical problems that would cause such a fault. Alternator problems were always attributed to plastic brush holders which would crack and cause the brushes to fall out.
At 68,000 miles, after exiting expressway, front end felt real loose. Upon investigating, found 3 of 5 wheel studs completely broken off. Evidence of fatigue fracture was not visible, indicating that fracture was most likely due to improper heat treatment of wheel studs rather than improperly torqued lug nuts.
Turn signal switch failed at approximately 70,000 miles.
Ball joint completely collapses at 72,000 miles.
Headlight circuit problems at 75,000 miles. Never had brights after this point.
Transmission died at 85,000 miles - replaced with a used unit by myself.
Car would not run at 86,000 miles - after exhausting all possible routes of repair, took it to the dealership. Had to supervise employees of the local dealership (teach them how to use a fuel pressure gauge, jumper fuel pump relays, etc... basic stuff). After 2 weeks and several mechanics, car was worked on by senior mechanic who found a faulty fuel injector. Wanted 4 hours of book time and $120 for the injector. Disconnected the faulty injector to drive it home; Within 2 hours and $60 later was running smoothly again.
Egr tube cracks at 87,000 miles.
One more injector dies at 93,000 miles, causes instant no start on the highway. Luckily, I methodically disconnected injectors one by one until I found the culprit. Finished my trip on 5 cylinders.
Fuel pump dies at 95,000 miles and kills 2 injectors in the process. The fuel circulating through the injectors acts as a coolant - if car doesn't pump enough gas, the injectors fry.
Fuel pressure regulator at 98,000 miles.
Replaced all injectors at 100,000 miles.
Sold the car at 102,000 miles with everything in good running condition. Hope the guy had more luck with it than I did.