Big expense was the transmission at $2600. The spark plugs ($48 plus labor,
+ $10 for a wire that broke in the process) is a normal wear item. I don't
mind that. A front wheel bearing was shot. No, you don't replace the $10
bearing, but a $311 hub assembly that includes two casting, bearing ABS
sensor, spline, all of which are still good. Front rotors that were warped
in less than 50k miles and cannot be turned, and an oxygen sensor for $111.
Rotors are made cheaply to save weight but do not last like older ones.
After replacing the O2 sensor and plugs, fuel mileage is still the same so I
see not real benefit. The air pump is making some noise when cold. That
will be about $50 if it does go too.
NOT done are the rear window lift (I have it propped closed with wood) and
the heated seat. Instead of replacing the $15 heating element, they want
$570 for a new seat bottom.
Just adds up to a lot of stuff over the past couple of years. Maybe other
cars are crap too, but this does not seem to be as well made as it could be
and parts are now very expensive assemblies to be replaced. . I have more
repairs in this than my last three cars combined, and less miles than they
had. Now 113k in five years.