I bought this car to get me too and from work with 112 000km on it. It skips into 2nd gear with big whine on the tranny. It dosent always shift into 4th gear if I can get it up to 80km/h that is. It has always gotten me to work on time thou. Only had to replace one radiator and there does seem to be an alignment problem causing odd tire wear on the front wheels. Currently still driving it with 170000Km+ on her.
I keep getting phone calls telling me that my warranty is almost expired. How about that a 16 year old car with 170000Km that apparently is still under warrenty. Insurance is very reasonable.
Could use a little more umph from the engine but what can you expect from a $1000 car I bought 5 years ago.
I bought this car to help a friend that was moving, never meaning to keep it. That was at 140,000 miles. Now at 199,640 I'm still amazed that she won't die! Oil changes, plugs and belts, plus an alt., a battery and a new timing belt--in 6 years. Cold starts at 20 below 0 (she's an Alaska car). Great beater, starter car, whatever--and still gets 27 mpg!
I have owned many, many cars and trucks over the years, but this one takes the trophey! This lil car has served greatly and now I am givining it to my Son in law to use because his car has died and he needs a good dependable car to get to work and back. I was the second owner of the car and for paying $5000 for it back in 1998 was alot to me, but as I look back now, well worth every penny. I never had a problem with it! it had great power and super gas milage (35 mpg) with that 5 speed... It handled great! Kept it tuned, changed the oil, and gave her a bath, and she treated me well! Even in the Sub-Zero temps in Wisconsin, Started every time. Now I passed her on, and she continues........
The 5 speed, Loved the sun roof, good sounding stero, Comfortable seating, Could haul alot with the fold down seats, Fast, Quick, all around SOLID CAR!... Didn't really want to give it away(lol) but wanted my Grand Daughter to ride in a safe car! E-Z to work on (if needed)[plugs and oil]
MAKE MORE OF THEM!!! BRING BACK THE GOOD GAS MILAGE CARS!!! I got 35 mpg with this one, and it was a 1994 dodge 2.2 motor... because of the 5speed the fuel was so good, we also had a automatic and it got about 28 mpg! Thanks for a great little car... God Bless!
I bought my car from a private seller four months ago. Other than minor things like tune ups, it has been great. It is currently reading 265,000 miles on the odometer. As of now the only thing wrong with it is the oxygen sensor and the valve seals are bad (which is typical of this type of engine with high mileage) which causes white smoke to come from the exaust. Other than that it runs great!
Very comfortable. The backseat is plenty big enough for my two toddlers. And the hatch has plenty of room for whatever I need.
A better driver's armrest would be better. And I find it pretty silly that the only automatic seatbelt in the whole car is on the passenger side. Why is there there at all?
I've had the car for 4 years with no major mechanical problems. My father and my brother have also owned one. My fathers lasted for 240,000 miles until the body rusted out. It's not the best looking car, but you'll never have to put a dime into fixing it. Also you can beat the car up pretty good with no mechanical problems.
Best reliability you can get for a cheap price.
Paint chips and peels off of car in most every model.