... was a little nervous buying one. I bought this car 11 mos. ago w/72000 miles on it. It now has 83000. I have had to replace front brakes/rotors, Tires, and Battery. I do a lot of up and down hill climbing and wanted to start with new rotors and brakes, Tires I nknew about when I bought it, and the Battery was originaland 5 yrs old. All regular maintenance in my opinion. I am 6'2" and 260lbs, and feel comfortable behind the wheel.
Fun zippy little car. Great gas milage (Mostly backroads) and 33 mpg. Good in snow.
Feels like the engine is working hard at 65+ miles an hour on the highway. Tach is 3500 rpm, and I don't like the engines sound at those speeds. But it is a 4 cyl!
Got this last year for commuting. Holds me and the kids just fine, 32mpg hwy, 27 around town. It's fun having a moonroof. Not much getup and go, but at my age, it gotup and went.....so this is a good cheap commuter car. Don't drive it like you stole it, it isn't a sports car.
Excellent experience both in city driving and nine round trips Ohio to Florida and one Ohio to Colorado. Car gets good gas mileage, uses no oil between changes, shifts smoothly (5speed), has good vision, gets good tire wear, handles well at both low and high speeds, stops straight, provides excellent driver comfort with lumbar support seat. Still have original brakes at 55000 miles, orginal exhaust system after five Ohio winters (salt, ice, snow, slush), original batter, and no rust at all. The car has been totally reliable. It has never had a operational problem.
Lumbar support driver's seat, rack and pinion steering, tight 5speed transmission, reliability, maneuverability.
Radio cassette system is terrible. Glove box interior shape is cumbersome. Speedometer cable rubs in steering column.
I bought this car used in the fall of 2004, with about 50K miles on it. I've been driving it almost everyday since and have never had a single problem! It runs really well and didn't have any problems starting up in Chicago winter weather. Fuel economy is decent too. While it isn't particularly luxurious or anything, it's still a great car especially when you consider its price.
Reliability and low maintenance cost.
Nicer interior. CD system could be improved too (sound quality isn't great and sometimes skips a little)