Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.
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Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.
Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.
A musty odor may be noted from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system after sitting for two hours or more due to condensation in the heater case. Our technicians tell us that a cleaner is available for the heater case and the drain system should be checked for debris.
Head gasket failure is common on higher mileage vehicles.