This car was a workhorse for us. Got it 200,000 miles ago, and had very little problem. Loved the stow and go seats, so roomy it got used as a pickup truck many times. Nothing big ever broke, and y...
This car was a workhorse for us. Got it 200,000 miles ago, and had very little problem. Loved the stow and go seats, so roomy it got used as a pickup truck many times. Nothing big ever broke, and yesterday I drove it to the junkyard, still running great, but rust and many minor problems prevented it from staying useful. Nice that all these things started about the same time, and I was easily able to pull the plug without sinking a bunch into it first.
We had the transmission professionally flushed every 70-80K, the alternator went south about 200K, the power steering rack and pump have been noisy and needed flushed a few times over the past 100K. Used 3 serpentine belts. Replaced the spark plugs once or twice. Car got 20 mpg on average. The worst design flaw is the front courtesy lights, which I was never able to find bulbs for, and refused to go to the dealer for bulbs.
Things I didn't repair before sending it on its way:
Tie rod ends loose.
Ball joints getting worn.
Tires worn out.
Rust starting to blossom.
Brakes noisy, and one caliper sticking some. Needed rotors, calipers, drums, and pads/shoes.
Power steering pump noisy.
Passenger window not working.
ABS and Brake lights stay on.
Check engine light mostly on, catalytic converter codes.
Gages starting to flicker.
Due for transmission flush.
Power side doors not working.
One rear seat support not folding down automatically.
But the coup de gras is the radio/CD player stopped working. Junk!