In over 2 years, I've had just a few
unscheduled maintenance issues: a
wiper linkage repair, a front-end
crankshaft seal, and a dead battery.
Total cost: less than $400 (including
an oil change) at a Nissan dealership.
For this market segment, the car is fun
to drive (manual transmission),
although more power and a tighter
suspension (i.e. the SE-R) would be
nice. Despite my fast driving habits,
I get between 30 and 35 mpg in city
driving (even with the A/C on.)
I have K&N, high-flow air filter and a
killer aftermarket sound system, and
plan to keep the car for at least a
couple more years.
-Aftermarket sound system
I think they got it right--especially
with the SE-R.