Purchased new in 1995 and never took it back to the dealer for any work only oil changes. It has been the best car that we have ever owned to date and has never let us down. It still has the original exhaust system, maybe because it was undercoated from the beginning and ever since, we live in a cold winter of Canada. It is not a car to excite you or burn up the pavement, just a good car for every day use and not to line the pockets of mechanics with gold. Would buy another, but with 8400km., why bother, it may be old but it gets where I what to go.
Reliable, like the rear sets that fold down for more truck room, ride is okay, good gas mileage.
Needs more power 2-liter or better, better seats, dash lay out and higher off the ground.
I have used this car primarily for work
commute of 60+ miles one way. It has
gone through pouring rainstorms, snow
storms, and ice all as easily as on a
dry road. I have never been stuck or
left stranded by this car. No matter
how cold it's been outside, it has
never failed to start right up. My only
repairs were routine; oil & filter
changes, tires, belts, etc. This little
baby is a 5-speed stick and didn't need
a new clutch until 198,000 miles! After
274,000+ miles, it is still getting 36
mpg! It just passed inspection and 1st
time emissions test without a single
problem! I could not have asked for
anything better and this little car is
still going strong!!
The absolute dependability &
reliability. I've never had to worry
about anything mechanically with this
car. High mpg (40-41 on the highway
during the 1st 5 years) and low
maintenance costs. Despite its small
size, it has plenty of zip for merging
and driving on highways,
Probably due to its small size, when I
have the back seat full of people, the
side windows tend to fog up quickly in
the winter. It clears easily with the
defrosters cranked up and maybe
cracking the windows a bit. I consider
it a small price to pay for everything
else this car delivers.
Although I'm a truck guy, I can't kill
this car. I needed a reliable car to
get back and forth from work, and this
is it. I got the car for $800 from a
friend. It needed the LF Hub replaced
(additional $100). Cars been great.
Taught my son to drive stick in this
car. It took a beating, but the car