Could be a great compact to get really,
really cheap because it
depreciates like crazy. Find 1) an LS,
big improvements over STD, 2) an
upgraded engine. I have the better
engine, and it makes the car much better
to drive, accelerate, etc. Makes the
Neon & Corolla feel like a Big Wheel in
find it pretty comfortable, but some
people don't. Tires were good in the
winter, haven't had to replace. A few
of these cars were lemons (read other
reviews) so be sure to get maintenance
records from the seller. Up to 40K, I've
only replaced the brakes. But you could
get a pretty solid car with this one.
My car is only worth $5K, that's a steal.
Upgraded, peppy engine. Everyone who
drives the car is impressed with it.
Upgrade features like cruise control &
CD player are nice. Rear folding seat,
Fugly seat fabric, door locks freeze
sometimes. One problem with the sensors
made the car stall, resolved itself.
This vehicle has had moderate to heavy
usage since its purchase in December,
1997. It seems virtually indestructible
in that it has required only oil
changes, brake work, and new tires in
the past 6.5 years. Very quick (2.4
litre engine) for a compact vehicle
making it a joy to drive. The only
drawback is its very low profile. At
times it appears that kids on tricycles
can reach down and touch the roof of the
vehicle. The motor is still very quiet
and smooth despite the 85,000 miles of
Houston city driving. With minor
supportive vehicle repairs, I see no
reason why it cannot attain 150,000 --
200,000 miles. This is the best
automotive bargain I've received.
The first thing I noticed after doing
a machine test on this car was how
incredibly noisy the engine is(since
its closer to the driver than usual).
For a 2.2, its horsepower isn't very
good but the torque isn't bad. It was
difficult to get the car up to 100
mph. The acceleration is decent and
the mobility and turning is excellent.
The transmission shifts rather quickly
and rougher than usual. If your
looking for a reliable-modest sedan...
This is a car for you.
The torque, fuel consumption, sound,
More horsepower, more natural-
shifting transmission, better quality
This car has been cheap and reliable
for me since I bought it with 12,000
miles. I had to put wider tires on it
and tweak the engine for more power,
but other than that it has been quick,
comfortable and fun to drive.
Body style, roomy interior and large
engine for a 4 cylinder, easy to
Bigger tires, less restrictive
intake/exhaust, stiffer springs and
rear sway bar