To the OP
...... You have a 13 year old car with close to 100K miles. What do you expect? Tires, ball joints, brakes, etc are not repairs, they are regular maintanance any older car needs. If you had to replace brakes twice in a year, and the rear drum hardware falls off, the jobs were done incorrectly or inferior quality or incorrect parts were used. Granted, the A4AS and A4XN arent the best FWD
trannies made, but with proper maintanance, can last a long time.
As others have said, ALL cars need repairs, and more often as they get up in age. Neglect regular maintance, constantly drive it like you stole it (this possibly goes mostly for the previous owner, not you) and problems will mount more quickly.
My experience, having owned (and owning) a number of Tauri, they are very reliable and comfortable family cars. I have never had any kind of tranny problem with any of them. Heck, my 87 year old mother drives a 95 Vulcan that my parents owned since new. The only repair (NOT including regular maintanance items!!!) I have had to make to the 15 year old Bull is a new CCPS a few years back to get the A/C
working again. BTW, I have NEVER had to add one drop if R134a in the 15 years it has been under my care.