Originally Posted by Alias
Holy crap! That's just insane.
Speaking of weird noises, I love how a lot of those Chryslers have that automatic transmission that makes this buzzing and popping sound. I remember someone mentioning that the sound comes from all the solenoids inside. Good way to tell if a Cirrus is coming your way.
The only major trouble we had with our van is that the engine needed replacing really early. Apparently it was burning oil and was degrading rapidly. So we got a new one under warranty.
The only minor troubles include the little electric console thing on the ceiling breaking after 5 years, and the CD player breaking after 7. But the car itself is still solid.
Insane? Not really, it's just about how you treat it.
It's worth adding that we had the engine completely rebuilt after ~100.000 miles, because they messed something up when we had it serviced.
The automatic gearbox is not as precise and fast as it used to be, and there are a couple of interior lights that doesn't work, but other than that, it could probably go another 50.000 miles if we wanted to. Right now we're kind of sick of it though, and we really need a new car with a bigger trunk.
It's still comfortable to drive, and we bought it from a German guy who had the largest engine and almost all the extra equipment. Great value for money, and even though the original outlay was quite big, it's been a cheap car.
Getting the new Skoda Superb as a stationwagon. Not sure if they even sell it in the US, but it's a great and reasonably priced car with a huge trunk and a lot of leg room in the backseats.