We bought this car with 56,000 miles on it in 2002 and have loved it very much. It drives well in all weather, can take a beating from out rough lifestyle, and cleaned up nicely to fit in when we had go to the city. It was very reliable and was well built. We had put about 149,000 miles on it as of Jan. 2006 when it was squished on the highway. The anti-lock brakes where great because it got stopped to avoid the collision ahead (only 4 feet to spare); too bad the Dodge truck behind it could not stop that well. At the time of the accident it was running like a champ and we expected to have it for a long time to come. Hope I can find another one!
Handling, leather seats (easy to clean), reliability, good gas mileage (22-26 mpg depending if Rocket box was on top) and go anywhere attitude. She had snow up to her windows once (~2.5' to 3'); I dug out my door, crawled in, and back out through 5' of deep snow to the plowed parking area with ease.
Headlights are not bright enough. Could drive with brights on and only get flashed ever once in a while. Gas gauge had started to act up but who really need a gas gauge.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.