You get what you pay for. I paid $1,500 for this car two years ago. I get 36-38 mpg and not had to repair anything on it. New tires and oil changes are all it has needed. And the tires where cheap, because there so small. It only cost $100 for them. All the parts are cheap on it so repairs are minimal, especially if you know how to do things yourself. It's been the best car purchase for the money I have ever made. Granted, there is nothing to it, it's small, loud, uncomfortable, and lacks a/c. But those things aside, it was cheap and it's cheap to maintain.
The gas mileage is unbeatable. I love hatchbacks too. I can fit my entire drumset in it with the back seat folded down.
If it made it more expensive?... nothing. The best part about it is that it is cheap. Improvements would only jack up the price.
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