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Some good advice already given - on the plus side, your car has covered a fairly good mileage (so if it was a lemon - there's a good chance that it either wouldn't have covered this distance or most of the major problems would be ironed out).
I would say that most problems are well documented, but a bit of prevention goes a long way - things like getting it serviced regularly, getting a cambelt change, keeping it under an aftermarket warranty will all pay dividends in maintaining your expenditure to the foreseen, rather than the unforeseen levels.
I would suggest shopping around for labour - using a garage of good repute rather than just basing it on cost - it can often work out that you get what you pay for...
Again, I would also advocate using genuine parts - a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
All the best, and remember, what has happened to others will not necessarily happen to you.
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
Currently in VelSatisfied's garage:
2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater