We have owned this car since new, and
it has become the car I love to hate.
The hatchback/wagon design is
immensely practical (why don't all
brands have one?) and the mileage, at
nearly 40mpg on the highway is great.
Also, I agree with other reviewers
that the drivetrain is as reliable as
a hammer. Unfortunately, the interior
noise level, complete lack of power,
very weak brakes, and uncomfortable
seats make this vehicle miserable to
drive for any real length of time.
Also, the quality of assembly is
clearly lacking--doors don't fit
right, wiring was faulty from new,
This car is a mini-SUV to me :). It
does not have the horsepower needed to
make it more fast in acceleration, but
is the faster that i know, I made 110
miles in the highway at full
throttle!!!, and i felt secure, no tend
to roll, exelent handling. But when is
time to reapir it, is very Xpensive, and
it ate lots of bucks. My mother had a
roll-over in it recently, we are
repairing it, but is to costly saddly,
we are thinking in buying extra car, I
hope a MS 2K at least
A smart choice.Plenty of room in the back for transporting furniture(we easily fit a 5'x40"x20" wardrobe in the back with the seats folded down).Thats alot of space for a small car.Visibility is excellent, easy to park in small spaces,and in five years,have only had it in the shop 3 times for minor repairs.The a/c cranks and still gives great gas mileage.It is very comfortable to drive and the front driver seat has great lower back support,a comfort for long rides.We've transported rugs,mattresses,plywood and many other items you would normally need a pickup for.No regrets with this car.
Bought it used with 240000 km for $900
replaced inner tie rod because previos owner hit the curb.
replaced exhaust pipe because I lent it to a friend and he went over a railroad track to hard.
heater core leaked , so I cut a hole in the firewall and replaced it in an hour.
Had trasmission filter changed without flushing just because its never been done.
had to tighten up rocker box covers by puting in
shorter bolts to stop oil leakage.
I think the timing belt was replaced at 200000 km's
Always starts on cold days -30 not plugged in.
30+ mpg or 25 city.
everything else is original including spark plugs
regular oil changes every 5000 km
We have 2 kids in boosters
Still going at 300000km.