A significant improvement over the 2000 Esteem which I traded in. So far: 7000 smooth, fun/peppy, trouble-free miles. As smooth as a Camry and quieter than a Civic sedan on highway. Solid handling even in inclement weather. Handling in high gusty wind is manageble and not troublesome. I have the off-white pearl color which hides dirt well. So far, no paint issues. Stereo is hi-fi quality, not sizzly/boomy. AC cooling is adequate. Engine tends to ping in hot weather (85% plus) under load conditions (hills with AC on, or steep hills in general). 89 Octane alleviates problem. Otherwise runs fine on 87 octane. Why are the critics so down on this car? I wonder if they've actually driven the sedan
Smooth engine and ride. High, comfortable seats, spacious feel. Smooth shifting with easy clutch pedal. Huge trunk. Great sightlines. High seating position lowers anxiety amidst SUV's, large cars, and trucks. Very quiet ride around town. High crash test scores. People like its appearance too!
Raise front air dam for improved clearance. Make the wiper intermittent control variable (Currently it has 3 steps). Lighten the interior color to a grey so it absorbs less sun and heat. A little less body induced noise over rough highway pavement. A little better gas mileage. Otherwise a winner.
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