I thought this car was great till everything started breaking down. We've owned it for about 3 years now and have put in about $2500.00. Not just things like replacing a timing belt which one should expect for a car with a lot of miles, but the computer goes nuts from time to time with "Emissions Test", or "Stop Now", or other warning. There have been too many problems with this car to list here, and each one is incredibly expensive to repair. One good thing: unlike other cars which may just stop on the road, this car gives you ample warning, and the response really decreases giving you ever indication that the car is having trouble. For example, your brakes won't work well in reverse (good luck parallel parking), and you won't accelerate easily during one these spells. THis sounds bad, but note that other cars may just quit on you without warning. I really love this car, but the trouble is not worth it in the long run, and you're better off going with either another over-engineered German, or a Honda/Acura/Lexus family for peace of mind. As a woman with children, peace of mind is critically important to me when it comes to vehicles.