This car wasn't bad...when I first bought it. I will agree that now that it has 225,000 miles on it, things will happen. However, this car is a nightmare. I recently found out that the engine in these cars has a recall. They burn oil and in 3,000 miles you will have nothing left. This goes along with the expensive parts I have had to replace. I would not suggest buying this car for the long term.
Since I'm riding in this japanese dream I'm not missing a thing at all. What's worth to be mentioned is the very high mileage: when I bought it, the odometer showed 189000 miles - that was in the end of '99! Now I just surpassed the magic 222222 barrier and the engine still has that confident powerful expression - how I love that! To paint the complete picture, I have to add that I needed to get the rocker box cover gasket replaced as part of the maintenance which I still order but that's the only exceptional expense I had. Bottom line: get your hands on one!
We purchased this car from a private party in 02 and I'm embarrassed to admit this but I have never taken my car to be serviced... EVER! My dad changed the oil on occasions and with that said the car is still going. Amazingly I don't know how it's still running but it is. I don't like my car, it's old and ugly but damn you can put it through a lot and it keeps ticking.
Bought this car used a year and a half ago. Love how it handles. Great second car. Great on gas, averages about 35 city and 45 on the highway. Has great get up and go. Real nice looking car inside and out. Gets head turns everwhere I go.
Overall this is not a bad car. However, the paint doesn't last, the seats are coming apart at the seams, and the automatic transmission is real troublesome. Also, this has to be one of the least aerodynamic cars I have ever driven - it gets about 18 mpg around town and about 20 on the highway.