I purchased a used LE in 2001 with 17k miles.
I now have 170k miles on the odometer.
The cost of ownership for this vehicle has been good despite my car suffering from many of the woes documented by others.
The major concern is the engine.
Despite by the book maintenance my engine expired at 146k miles.
Premature piston ring wear leads to piston slap and eventually a broken wrist pin.
I also have the continuous CEL.
A note to other owners, if your fuel economy deteriorates, change the mass air flow sensor.
It is a cheap and easy fix.
I also had the broken door handle and the sagging headliner.
At the end of the day it is cheap tranportation.
The car has great headlights.
The car still gets 32 USMPG city and 4o USMPG highway.
Poor engine design leads to oil consumption and eventual failure.
This problem was corrected on 2003 and later models.
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