This car was my first car, I had it for 6 years and it never once broke down on me. Always got me where I needed to go. Not great on gas, and doesn't go all that fact. It's really not that great with traction either, but if you want a car for getting you point a to b this the car to get!
Inherited it from my dad who put 90k on it. I love this car. It's pretty basic in terms of style and mechanics. To me that's the beauty in it all. It was perfect for a college kid. Easy to maintain.
I have hand no major problems with this car. Just normal wear and tear. The biggest issue I ever had was replacing the intake manifold two times. It failed due to rust. Luckily, I have access to a great junkyard & got parts for pennies.
Car is so easy to service, I do it all by myself. (Oil changes, sparkplugs, filters, etc.)
Interior is basic cloth, manual widows etc. But I have no rips in the seats and everything still works as it should.
Oh and this car still has the original clutch & timing belt. Never had any leaks, the engine bay is dry. My car dosent burn oil.
This car is overall great! I bought it used Three years ago is is still running like new! Exterior can use a paint job but the engine not giving issues is the number priority ! Always do required maintenance to it, only issues it has given me was a faulty camshaft sensor,alternator and cv axles but thats just normal wear and tear nothing major, love this car saves me gas and money and dont plan to get rid of it anytime soon.
I've owned and driven this car going into my 3rd Michigan winter, and aside from routine oil changes and brake maintanence, have had ZERO problems with this car. It's been a rock solid little go-kart. It's also totally boring. I might think higher of it with a splash of color (as mine is silver with grey interior), and it has no fun toys to speak of (typical PW/PL/cruise) but I can count on it to run and run well. Engine still has some 'zoomzoom' even after 170K miles. Very impressed with this thing's longevity.
Build quality, reliability
Styling (they did so with the 3), better suspension, less road noise.
Bought it new in 2000, only repairs have been new brakes, alternator, battery and rocker arm. I've only put 90,000 miles on it, luckily, but it just keeps on running. Gas mileage has consistently been 27-28. It's a little loud on the freeway, but not bad for an inexpensive small car. Only disappointment has been the radio.
Acceleration is great, even after 10 years of driving. Handles well with small turning radius. Lots of fun!
Would love a remote trunk latch, and if the noise issue were solved, it would be about perfect.