I bought one recently at a very good price. The car is in excellent shape, body is impeccable, mileage was adequate for year, and the motor runs and shifts like silk. I have no complaint whatsoever about the body style, motor, power, or reliability. Like one previous reviewer, I also think the hand brake could have been better placed and the shifter is indeed in the wrong spot. When putting a drink in the forward cup holder, you constantly hit it when shifting. Other than those two minor flaws, I give this car a huge thumbs up. It's six years old, looks like it came off the showroom floor, runs like it just came off the assembly line, and I look forward to many more years of fun with it
My favorite feature would be the 3rd door. Very handy for loading groceries, the dogs, etc. (We call it the Doggie Door.) Next favorite is the large trunk space with the fold down seats. This car is sporty, yet functional for the everyday lifestyle. The five speed manual transmission is a blast!
Like I said, the shifter location as opposed to the cup holders and the hand brake sitting too close to the shifter and center console.
This car has been a joy to own. As long as I've stayed ahead on the maintence, it has never let me down. I can always rely on it to get me where I need to go and not burn much gas in the process!! (about 38 mpg) When it wears out, I'll probably buy another one.
Awesome fuel mileage, fun to drive, easy to park, handles good
It tends to rattle a little bit, and it could use a little more get up, but nothing major really
Owning this car has been a joy. It's safe(ABS brakes and traction control) in all New England weather); it gets good gas mileage and it has never failed to start. We just never worry about whether the car will perform. It does. We have been careful with the oil change schedule and we follow the dealer's maintainence recommendations
The front passenger seat is not quite as comfortable as the driver's seat.
I currently own an SUV and a sports sedan. The gas mileage is horrible on the SUV and I was tired of it getting wrecked while parked on the streets downtown . (How can a yellow SUV be hit 3 times? Twice while parked.) We began looking for a 3rd car "beater" to commute in. $5300 got me a loaded SC2 3 door with every option, new tires, an after market CD player with only 66,000 miles. The car was covered it scuffs and thanks to the polymer panels every mark came out. Just minor rock chip touch up and a coat of wax and this car looks like it rolled off the showroom floor. I've had the car for 5 weeks and it's flawless. I even made room for it in my garage next to my other rides.
$5300 got me ABS, Dual airbags, an alarm, traction control, power windows, leather, sunroof and an automatic transmission, fog lights and a sporty stance. 3rd door is great for getting my twin boys in and out. I'm 6'3" and we fit. 36 MPG on the freeway. It's cheaper to buy a 3rd car than pay for gas
Good years and bad years for reliability. Do your homework, '99 was a great year. Low resale value. Do your homework and don't buy new. Don't forget you get what you pay for. I needed a commuter. I just happened to get a loaded, low mileage on packed with features. Of course it rattles, it's lowcost