Original owner of a rare ES with 2.0L 5-speed. Had to wait six months just for the factory to build it!!! 140,000 salt-free miles and the paint looks great. Best of all I get 32MPG in mixed driving. Still love the interior cockpit layout and the clean yet aggressive exterior styling. I only wish today's Moper had something that could replace it if I wanted a new car. Other than the usual wear items,my only problem was a reoccurring hesitation issue at low RPMs starting around 90,000 miles;tried everything to fix it! The dealer tried to tell me I babied it too much and caused carbon build-up on the valves? Nope! Recently replaced the crank sensor and that seems to have taken care of it.
Overall design; still looks contemporary a decade later. 2 doors with reasonable room. Great gas mileage with the manual transmission. Fun to drive; corners like it's on rails. Awesome Infinity factory sound system! I used to call my car a $20,000 life support system for my stereo :-)
It's a well laid out car except for a few bad engineering/design features: it has a semi-like turning radius, in- our-lap "tilt" steering, poor cupholders, illuminated cigarette lighter but no illuminated ignition?, easily blown Infinity speakers, and pitted/peeling rims.
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