First off I would like to say that I bought my car from a least than honest salesman.
When I bought this car I should have taken it and had a second safety done on it as the parking brake light would not go off. That was my second Mistake.
The day after I bought it I went to unlock the car and pulled out the drivers side lock with the key in it.
A week after I bought this car, the starter went and left me stranded far from home.
A month after I bought it the muffler fell off.
$600 later for the muffler and starter (I never did replace the lock as it would be around $2,000), the car seemed to be running fine and it drove pretty good for about 6 months.
I have always done very regular maintenance on this car, never letting it go more than 4000km without an oil change and taking it for a once over every 6 months.
At 187,000km, I had to replace all the belts in the car.
Shortly after that my alternator went. It had to be replaced. There is another $500.
A month later at about 189,000km. It was making a weird noise so I brought it in to see what was wrong. I found out that my sway bar linkage had broke, the CV boot on the front passenger side broke, Both wheel bearings in the front were gone, and that every part of my brakes on all 4 tires were rotten. Price tag on this? $2000.
The mechanic that I was seeing never mentioned the brake problems to me when I took it in for regular maintenance. So I am partly at fault for the brakes. But I was also told when I bought this car that the brakes were all brand new.
The car was $3500 when I bought it. I still owe a lot of money on it. With this most recent news I got on my car, I am getting rid of it as I can't afford to keep fixing it.
I had a 93 sun-bird before this and had relatively no problems until the timing belt let go and the whole exhaust fell off while driving. I figured that I might be OK with a newer model and buying one from a dealer as my first one was a private sale.
The car wasn't that bad when it was running properly. But was far to expensive to fix for even simple parts. I wouldn't recommend this car if you are looking at a budget. But if you have money to spare and time to spare, it isn't a bad car.