I bought this car for $200 in summer 09 and subsequently spent another $1000 on parts to get it in a more reliable running condition, and put new tires on it today. This car is pretty fun to drive, its small and easy to park, has great acceleration when you need it, sporty gear selector if you shift down past drive. For a car that's 17 years old it has held up remarkably well. Mine is the White color, and has no oxidation to speak of. Some rust where the door meets the frame, but that's about it. I'm very satisfied.
gear selector allows me to shift down past drive and pick between 1st and second, which is good cuz when i wanna accelerate it usually doesn't pick the right gear and has to shift twice.
i miss not having cruise control for on the interstate, but i get over it.
This was my first car, and it was already 8 years old when I got it. It served its purpose until I blew all the head gaskets. At the ripe age of 16, didn't know you had to maintain a car with oil and water.
Car started having problems 3 months after purchase. It had 28,000 miles on it when bought and by 40,000 miles it needed a new tranny and had a blown head gasket. The interior was poorly designed as it was constantly coming apart. Driving was fair at best with a 2.0 4 cyl engine that had no power and it had very uncomfortable seats.
not too bad on gas especially on long trips
A complete redesign was necessary. a more powerful engine and comfortable seats would be nice.
Bought it with 16K mi in near perfect
condition. Sideswiped in an accident,
and it was never the same again. After
a series of inept body and engine
mechanics, 60K miles, and the accident,
it's so-so. Body is still fine.
Engine, with the proper plugs, is
pretty good. Before the accident, I
LOVED it!!! Except for the seats. Not
too comfortable for long
drives. Okay for highway driving,
otherwise mileage isn't great, but it's
pretty heavy. OTOH, if it weren't
heavy, I'd probably be dead. My big
lesson - find a GOOD mechanic. One
that doesn't know what he's doing will
ruin your engine.
When the engine's properly tuned, and
with the right plugs, THE PICKUP!!!
Sound system wasn't bad until recently
(11 years later).
less cheap plastic trim, a quieter
muffler. (Hearing that thing tear apart
inside was something I'll never
forget!) One thing I really wish it had
were more comfortable seats! Long
trips (longer than 300 mi) would KILL