Bought an '08 EX35 w/82K on the clock for my older daughter 4.5 years ago when she got her license as her first car, and it's been a pretty solid car and value overall. My younger one drives it now too and they are pretty respectful of the 297HP. The AWD makes it a solid and easy to drive choice for a first car, and the added luxury is nice.
Overall it's been a reliable car, but the main issues we've had have been:
- new radiator at 90K and then a replacement radiator inlet pipe at 95k (noticed low coolant levels in both cases though car was running fine)
- new alternator at 93k (car died on the highway and then again a week later after dealer thought it was battery related)
- leaky sunroof drain on the passenger floorboard at 93k (dealer cleaned and blew out the sunroof track and drains)
Otherwise it's just been pads and rotors, general maintenance and I replaced the shocks and struts all around at 98k for a better ride.