Well, I have only had my 2-dr.ESi for a few months now, but I drive in excess of 500 kms a day, and I have not had a problem yet. Even at these high gas prices, I am not shelling out my paycheque for gas! Other than the road noise, i find this little puddle jumper to be everything you want it to be. The only other thing is the placement of the drink holders, right in front of the ashtray, so you cant use the ashtray when you have even one drink there! But if you don't smoke then this is of no concern! loL!
Probably the simplicity of the car, nothing is power other than steering and mirrors.
I'd say just sound proofing the car better to cut down on the road noise.
Overall good car. Weak transmission however. Has had two re-builds. Has not deterred me from driving. Have not found a newer car with the same versatility and cargo capacity for its size. Easy to drive in city and comfortable on trips.
Huge interior. I have even hauled washers, dryers, dishwashers, even an 8 foot long counter-top home. Inside with the hatch shut.
Auto transmission's lubricating system poorly designed. Unusual for a Japanese mainland built vehicle.
Outstanding reliability. Change the oil,
oil filter, air filter on schedule, and
run a bottle of injector cleaner through
the tank once every 5000 miles.
Absolutely no mechanical failures
whatsoever. Only replacements have been
the front disc brake pads. Versatile,
cargo-capable, nimble and perfect
visibility from the drivers seat. Not a
race-car, but it goes as fast as needed,
and accelerates to freeway speeds
without complaint. Put the backseat
down, and I carried 4 55 gallon drums,
two on top, two in the back. Better than
a van for gas and maneuverability.
Ugly, but a great little car.
Adjustable tie-points on the roof rack.
Simplicity of interior.
Great little car/van. I'm a musician,
as is my wife. She used it once when
her Escort wagon was out of gas and
immediately asked me to find her one.
Hers now has 112,000 miles and a bit
of rust out, mine has 132,000 and is
rust free. Go figure. back seat folds
forward and gives you much more room
that a Caravan with 3rd seat out.
Pulling back seat out gives 6 feet of
cargo space. Great economy (30 mpg on
the road) and reliability. Mine has
needed NO major work in 4 years
(Brakes only). My wife's needed a
water pump. Timing belt and idler were
replaced at that time which corrected
a noisy engine problem.
Smll...EZ to park ands drive. Handles
well. Huge cargo space for it's size.
Extremely reliable. Comfortable.
Rear hatch latch tends to rust and
stick. I've lubed both cars many times
and both need it again. Anemic
performance with 1.8L and A/C on, but
16 valves and a heavy foot make it go.