The one thing I would like everyone to know before buying this car and maybe other cars is that the cost to replace the AC compressor is beyond what I would expect to pay. I would not have bought the car, if I had known in advance the cost of this repair - AC compressor: $1,076 (an AC compressor for a whole house is $180!), the coil: $157, and the clutch for the compressor: $390. Add 6-7 hours of labor and the total is $2,600 - from 2 dealerships. Independent service shops cannot help much, because of the cost of the parts. It is interesting that I don't see much about maintenance costs on web sites or in magazines when reviewing cars. I understand businesses need to make a profit; however, this is excessive.
My mom bought this car brand new in May of 2008. I have been driving it for the last four years. Maintenance wise, I have had to replace the ball-and-socket joint near the axel in the front wheels. I've had to do some small things to fix it here and there, but that's to be expected with a ten year old car with 180,000 miles on it. Internally, the freaking sun visors have broken on both sides about 3-4 times each? Those are expensive to replace and they still feel like they're going to snap. The plastic external wrapping on the black around the windows has completely torn off within a few years of use. The metallic paint on the plastic parts inside the car has worn off. The rubber around the windshield has completely deteriorated and fallen off. It disappoints me that the good looks of the car are pretty much gone nowadays. Driving it is fine, it gets a bit scary when you're trying to accelerate and you can't speed up in time to match traffic. Braking can be difficult when it comes to everybody stopping faster than you. I've rear-ended somebody that way. You have to leave plenty of space. Especially when you have more than two bodies in the car. Weighs down the car tremendously. The handling of the car is great. Starting up the car gets laggy at times. You can feel just about every rock and pebble that you hit in the road. Not a smooth ride. Definitely looking forward to the new Honda's in the future
Quality Car, >45 mpg Highway, CNG $2.10/gallon... why did they stop making this car??? With a new CNG station on I-5 at Buttonwillow, you can drive from the Bay Area to San Diego with 1 gas stop. And it seems it would be greener to burn CNG in the engine to make the wheels go around vs. burning natural gas at the power plant, loose some of the energy over the power lines on it’s way to your EV’s Battery, suffer more losses in and out of the Battery, and more losses in the electric motor... to make the wheels go around!