I bought it used & for work, chasing probationers @town. I now have @ 68k. I have had no mechanical problems,zero! I dont take it to the dealer because at 50k, the dealer wanted to charge me over $350 at the 50k mile maintenance appt. I took it to the local garage (& pepboys) and I get my interval 5k mile maint. checks there (oil change and rotate tires). There are no brake problems, sounds like you need an honest garage. *see previous review about the brakes and rotors*. The gas milage goes from 26 to 32 city (winter lower, due to mix of gas) and 36-8 hwy. I have snow tiers for winter and put weights in(@ 6 50lbs plates) the car during snow stormss and travel the same roads as the 4wd cars.
the cost of maintenance of this car is very inexpensive, the quality of the engine, gas mileage, 15" tires gives great smooth ride, sit high to ground, left dome light on for over 1hr and started right up. oh ya, i fill it to the rim and never had an air problem like the previous guy wrote.