Ok, so I traded my 2000 BMW X5 for this car and am now using it as my daily driver. There are lots of issues that need work and so, in between work and play, I have been doing all the repairs myself.
LIST OF ISSUES:
Paper thin brakes (front) - I managed to get Bosch Pads w/Sensors & Drilled Slotted Rotors for less than $80. Buying on-line takes longer but worth the price you pay. (FIXED)
Went through a carwash... Tranny in Safe Mode - Well that was an ordeal. I disconnected and cleaned out the harness with an air blower and used di-electric gel in it. Have washed the car BY HAND ONLY and driven in the rain a few times and it hasn't happened so I think I'm good there. Paid $70 for a STAR reset. (FIXED)
Headlight out - Was missing the harness that connects to the headlight assembly. Purchased at wrecker for $5. (FIXED)
No reverse lights, One brake light out - I'm having problems here. All the bulbs are good and I've checked fuses. The other lights all work so I don't know what to do here. Maybe replace that rear assembly totally? The check light is on so I don't know if it's wiring or water got in there and I need to check wires?
Top won't open/close - The driver side rear pump broke off its mount and now the top wont open or close. I can't seem to locate the emergency straps either. One buckle is free so in the meantime its top down only. Also can't close the trunk. This one may be dicey. Also fluid is low. Gives me a headache this one...
Blows hot air only - I have seen that cleaning the duo valve could possibly fix this so I'll be spending some time to tackle that. Failing this, I'll just get one from a wrecker. I also need to do a recharge on the AC.
Gas Gauge doesn't work - The light comes on and then nothing. Sending unit done? I tried to press in the harness at the back but that had no effect.
Key-less Locks don't work - PSE Pump was kind of corroded. I cleaned it up and still couldn't get it to work. Tried a different unit and still nothing. Need more research for this one for sure.
Temperature reads -38 C - So I've been trying to locate the temp sensor, or if it's missing, the harness so I can buy a new one. Might need to look at some wiring diagrams for this. Supposed to be in the bumper right? Anyone else have that issue?
Makes that old car sound - When ever I give it gas, I hear this old car sound, it's super hard to describe but you might just get it from the description. I will be changing the spark plugs but I really don't have any clues as to what causes it... Exhaust maybe?
After I did my brakes and rotors and driving away, my step dad was yelling for me to stop the car. Gasoline was pissing out the bottom of the car. IMMEDIATELY shut off and rolled it away. It seemed to stop when the car wasn't running. Went underneath and my fuel pump must have cracked because it was leaking hard from there. Will go to wreckers tomorrow. I can get a brand new Bosch for $160 so I'll offer $80.
Rear-view Mirror Issues - Looks like someone puked on it and it's loose. Can't be cleaned so I guess I'll be replacing it or getting those ultra wide covers.
So that's pretty much it right now. I know it's a lot but the value of the x5 was $5000 and resale for a good condition in the same year on craigs is $10-12,000. Much better resale, even if it's not practical at all compared to the SUV.
Any suggestions, or condolences are welcome!