I Hate My Car
right ball joint - $111
tail lights leaking - replace gaskets - $130
left and right bulb holders, plugs are corroded - replace holders and plugs -$269
front brake pads and rotors - replace them and new slider pins - $473
steering rack is leaking - replace left steering boot - $181
right (indecipherable) tire rod - $182
power steering something, and rear brake shoes - $615
replace brake fluid after fixing brakes - $69
dip stick - 3tune up - sparks, fluids, etc... - $149
For an estimated total of $2396.54. That brings the total for 12 months of repairs to approx. $5300. I'll have to double-check that figure, but I think it's accurate. I paid $8600 for the car, $1200 for a warranty that covers nothing that ever goes wrong, interest and more repairs on top of that for a total of well over $15,100 since February 30th, 2003. A BRAND NEW Golf CL, standard options, goes for $18,300!
My advice for people looking for used Volkswagen Golfs ... buy a CIVIC or COROLLA.
UPDATE: It cost $2508 and took two days to fix.