Bought car new in 1991 to drive to work. Good acceleration, great handling, interior space is limited but what do you expect? MPG are in the low twenties but depends on how hard you drive it. No rust. The only problem is the struts to the hatchback, after two pair I use a broom. Its not like I use it for a truck.
Handling is first rate; this is a 2+1/2
passenger go-cart. Performance is
pretty contemporary, 0-60 in 6.8
seconds if you can afford a new clutch
every year and 7.4 seconds for the rest
of us. Expect to get about 20 mpg in
the city, 28mpg in mixed driving. The
car is very pleasant to drive at
highway speeds. Engine noise is muted
and the car tracks beautifully. Seats
are comfortable for two; consider the
back seat for small kids only. Plenty
of cargo room with the seat folded.
Interior fabrics are look cheap and
wear quickly. Radio stinks.
Steering response, handling, straight
line stabilty, shifter, acceleration.
A/C needs more capacity to handle all
the glass area on a sunny day. Standard
radio (there were no options)needs
improvement. Dealer service has been
unforgivably incompetent. Must have A/S
or snow tires in winter
With a curb weight of around 2300, a 2litre motor makes this car go fast. Add some performance into the suspension, and this car will go fast around the bends too. Fun to drive and unique, avoid the automatic tranny to keep it real.
OBD-I, easy to work on, ballanced motor.
Put your first improvement dollars into the suspension.
Had this car for a little over a year now and it's been nothing but fun and reliable. Aside from the Ttop seals leaking, this machine is SOLID. Super fast city car. If a quick commute across the city at 80-90km/h is what you're in for, consider this about as necessary as any modern sport compact. Only majors needed since purchase were fuel pump and struts. Handles like my old 914 at high speeds! Good luck fitting anyone in the back. If you're 6', don't bother. It's a clipper ship in a bottle. New rims(17's), tires, chip it, exhaust and stereo = blow 95civis off the road. o_O
Accel, handling, tops, folding backseat ^_^, lots of aftermarket engine parts for this. Mileage is insane. 2 weeks commuting, 1 tank.
Engine could really be easier to dive into. Interior degrades after 14 years lol. Gaskets and weak fuel pump.
Bought this car for my son a couple
years ago, and since he has left I have
been driving it. I did not pay much for
it, and other than clutches, (2 in
55,000 miles, while being driven by a
ticket magnet) it has been quite
reliable. With the top off on a twisty
mountain road, it is more fun than just
about anything I have driven. Both fast
and quick. Radio sucks, lots of the
plastic is really starting to look bad,
but for 2300 bucks, what do you want?
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