I have put more than 65,000 miles on this car -- it now has more than 90,000 -- and I have experienced minimal repairs. Most were routine maintenance. The no-frills design means there are far fewer things to break down. The car is very reliable in this region where temps range from 100 degrees in summer to -40 in the winter. Mileage ranges from 30 MPG in stop-and-got city traffic to slightly more than 50 MPG on the highway. Seats 4 adults comfortably with space for packages in the hatch.
I have owned this car for almost 10
years, and and its always been
reliable. It now has over 100,000 miles
on it with little rust and few repairs
for it's age (mostly limited to wheel
bearings and mufflers). The fuel
economy on a 5-speed is fantastic, it's
great fun to drive, and it has always
handled snow, wet pavement, and icy
conditions relatively well. For someone
with short legs, its particularly great;
I can reach the pedals and still sit
comfortably far back from the steering
wheel. Repairs have proven to be
relatively inexpensive, and there is
plenty of room in the back for hauling
Performance is what can be expected from a small car that gets 40 mpg. I find it low to the ground and have developed a way to climb out. Bad backs beware. Interior is very roomy and can fit three bales of hay inside. Seat plastic is cheap, lots of head room. I'd want it to die so I can justify getting another car, but it won't. Tires last 20,000 miles. All in all it is the least expensive transportation I have ever had or can find again at .04 per mile. I have 130k city miles, three teenagers who have learned to drive on it. Goes great in the snow as long as you don't stop on a drift, it sinks.
I have owned this little oddly shaped car since it had 6 miles and it has been extremely reliable. The only issue I ever had was the ball bearings going out every few thousand miles. It has always work in cold or warm weather and fuel economy was fantastic when I bought it 15 years ago.