I bought this car in Aug. 2005. It has been a very good car. It now has 66000 miles on it. I have replaced the water pump though. Also the car was pulling when I push the gas and go around corners; I researched it and found that the bushings behind the front tires needed to be replaced. Overall this car has been great; the re-sale value is horrible though because of the company going out of business. The car has proven to be reliable, gas mileage around 24-26 mpg. It has very good power and pick up compared to most 4 cylinders I have driven. I would recommend it to anyone
It has a power button on the automatic shift lever that when you push it, it makes the car shift at a higher rpm. I thought this was cool giving you more torque when needed. Seats are comfortable. Good economy car.
I wish the re-sale value wasnt so low. In case I ever wanted to sell it I would lose money but its a car I could easily keep till it dies and be happy with it. Its difficult to adjust the seats tilt and up and down (its a circle knob you have to turn rather then just pulling a lever).
Bought new, and it's been good to us. We had a few minor issues: the timing belt snapped at 40k and thank goodness it was still under warranty. Other than that, only minor interior gripes: Overhead hand grip screw covers fell off, and the backlight went out on the environmental controls. Tires from stock were not the best. We are starting to develop a little corrosion on the aluminum roof rack, but after 6 years - not unexpected.
Seats, we tried a dozen different cars and these were the most comfortable. Solid at speed: car handles well at freeway speeds. Good visibility throughout.
The seat adjust dial has got to go. The plastic components in the cab could be more robust.
Bought this car new. After warranty
expired, had nothing but problems.
What went wrong early on: CD player,
air conditioning, ABS, heater cores
(had to be replaced twice!),
windshield wipers, alarm, head gasket.
Struts seemed to wear out quickly.
That's what I can remember off the top
of my head, apart from normal
maintenance! Spent thousands keeping
this piece of rubbish on the road.
That is, when we were able to get the
parts. Because it sometimes took days
for parts to arrive, we would have the
added expense of renting a car. In a
way, it didn't do too badly..finally
retired it 4 days ago after 154,000
miles (bought new Honda Civic - love
it so far!). DO NOT BUY THIS
Came with lots of bells and whistles,
but many packed in after the warranty
Bought the car used for $3000. Manual,
only had 29k miles on it at the time.
First week, needed new engine, water
pump, timing belt, etc. Since then,
needed few other parts, but for the
price I'm paying, I really can't
complain. You get a lot for your money.
Seats are pretty comfortable. Decent
room. Quicker than I expected. 0-60 for
5 speed maual says 10 sec, but I've been clocked to
just under 8 seconds stock.
PARTS! I've found some aftermarket parts
after the dealer said my parts were
under the warranty I purchased, but
they would take 3 months to get. Lighter
clutch. Easier way to adjust the seat.
I have the 5 spd tranny, avg 32mpg, I
have had it up to 45mpg travelling
cross country. Nice acceleration when
switching back to full cruise. Topped
out at 122mph (not that I ever did
this) can use a rear spoiler for
better control. Had to replace RT
lower contol arm, replaced timming
belt @ 50K since I live in Alaska.
Overall a good car IMHP.