Sounds like typical maintenance items to me, not a sign that the car was unworthy in some way
To get 102K out of your front brakes sounds pretty reasonable.
As for the axles . . . cv axleshafts, I presume . . . yeah, 102K is a a little soon, considering they were only a few years old. But again, I don’t feel it is indicative of anything
And the muffler . . . rusted out, I presume? Might not be atypical, given the car’s location