This is probably one of the worst cars on the road. It's been full of maintenance problems and leaks. Currently the entire floor is rusting out (there are some big holes) yet the body has no rust, go figure.
This is a very good car for anyone
looking for an inexpensive used car. I
had one for 8 years, and it was
running extremely well with 250,000
miles when I was rear ended by a
semi in it. The car held up better in a
severe car crash than any of the
newer smaller imports ever would
have. This car is extremely well
made! Exceptionally safe. It has a ton
of room, it's very comfortable to drive,
and if you get the manual
transmission, very fun to drive with
great gas millege.
The passenger side hub/bearing failed
at 60,000 miles. Bought new one for $78
and had pressed on steering knuckle for
$25. Found ball joint bad and replaced
control/arm ball joint assembly. Cost
me $47 for part and did myself with
above. Had fuel injection regulator go
bad at 44,000 miles. Bought and
replaced one for cheap. Bought fuel
injection pressure gauge to diagnose
problem. Engine and trans seem okay.
Got the car from my aunt in December
2001 with 42,000 miles on it. Also had
to replace water pump.
Probably the most reliable part of this vehicle is that I can almost always rely on a warning light turning on while I'm driving it. The 3-speed automatic is very jerky and doesn't always want to shift out of first and it is terrible on gas mileage. I average 19 mpg, which is worse than some high end sports cars. The interior is falling apart, the plastic components on the exterior have fallen clean off the car on a couple occasions. Within the first month of ownership both power seat belts failed and the front end electrics failed. These cars are also notorious for their starter problems. This is the worst car I have ever owned, I really should have bought a Honda.