I had this car for four and a half years without any major problems with the engine or transmission. The dash did crack though and the car had three recalls for minor things. Overall I was satisfied with it. The reason why I got rid of it is because I found out about its poor crash rating. According to many reports this is the most unsafe car on the road especially regarding side impact.
By far this is the nicest looking small car in its class. It is more sporty than the Civic and Corolla hands down.
SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY. It's ridiculous something this unsafe is on the road.