I purchased this car in December '93 just as a form of cheap transportation thinking I'd get another car after five years. I keep waiting for it to give up the ghost, but this car just keeps on going. I rarely need "major" repairs. Trans about six years ago, exhaust last year, brakes two years ago? In 15 years I needed to be jumped twice, but I never had a breakdown or needed to be towed. There's rust by the rear wheels and side view mirrors, and a puff of white exhaust when I start up. It's been dependable in 100+'F weather down to -50'F weather. I get 27 mpg (city), 38 mpg (hwy), and 33 mpg mixed. Overall it's a great dependable car.
It's not a showy or sport car, but it has great gas economy, a decent size, and dependability.
Better trunk opening, exterior design that flows water away from (rather than into) the side windows, better sound insulation, cup holders (got one off of eBay).
Bought used with 182k miles and a
4spd. Abused little car, I put a new
engine, heater blower motor, and cv
joints. Since I put the new parts in
I've not had any problems. The
interior is too small for me (6'1")
and the road noise is almost
intollerable above 60mph. But 35mpg
and dependability compensate a little
fuel economy and 4spd.
more legroom/headroom in the front.
Louder radio to eliminate road noise.
Car has 100,000 miles and smokes. 4
speed transmission was a bad idea. At
75 mph it is screaming for death. I
wasn't thinking when I bought it. They
should never sell a dark green car with
black interior. Smokin' Hot.
Easy to work on and cheap parts.
Add sound dampening, road noise is
terrible. Car seems thin and unstable.
Great on Fuel. Bought it 5 yrs ago at 225,000 km. It now has 366,000 km. No Smoke and no Oil Leaks. Still Runs Strong. Needs new rocker panels due to rust-out, and rust spots above rear wheel arches, the A-pillars and window frames. Needs another cat converter to pass emissions test (put a cheaper one in 2 years ago and it passed test very well.
Good fuel economy with 5-speed. Gets 40+ Imperial MPG no matter how hard we drive it!
A/C as standard equipment would be ideal. Also manual lumbar support in driver's seat.
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