+1 for Hondas; my 93 accord has 292k miles and is going strong. Original clutch somehow. I hope the newer Hondas are made just as well.
I went to Autozone and Advanced Auto yesterday, bought parts at both stores, and both cashiers laughed when I said I was looking for Jetta parts.
To be fair, this car has been very poorly maintained. Several of the codes were probably related to the same problem. 4 of them were random misfires for each cylinder, with an extra problem relating to the cylinder I found with tape holding the plug wire together
. I found three different brands of spark plugs in the cylinders, two of which I believe to be original, and all whose electrodes have been worn so much that the gap was twice as large as the newer one (with the larger thread).
It gave a the code corresponding to the last O2 sensor detecting dirty exhaust, and suggests the catalytic converter or O2 sensor(s) have crapped out. Probably both. I think the car is running rich because I can smell unburnt fuel coming from the exhaust even when the engine is warm, probably from the failed O2 sensor.
They just replaced the battery, but only when it was so old and decrepit that it wouldn't hold a charge enough to jump the car after sitting for just 4 hours.