I bought my 96 Paseo in 2003 when I started a new job which was 194 miles round trip to and from work. It had 119,000 on it then. I never garaged it and it never failed to start, even through the winters. The only maintenance I had to perform was a clutch the day I bought it, brakes several times and wheel bearings. I was averaging 41,600 miles per year. 4 days ago on my way to work the timing belt broke while I was driving it and I was told it probably bent a couple of valves. It was still averaging 37 mpg and was the best car I have owned to date. I wish I could find another one. Finally died at 342,800 miles.
Bought this car exactly five years ago with 113,000 miles on (for $2700). Have about 190,000 on now. Only maintenance is one O2 failed at about 117,000 (at engine, the second one failed -after converter- at about 185,000). I got engine check light both times and used obdII code reader. Sensor was about $75. Did brakes and replaced starter & battery. Other then that just oil change. Haven't changed timing belt. Car has automatic and gets 33-34 mpg and runs very smooth. It is developing rust on the undercarriage. Kid was using it for school but know I am using for work. Even though this car is about 13 years old it just seems like it won't die.
I have had my 1996 paseo for about one an a half year, the only thing that I am impress about not the power, its the handling that i am impress of, I tested my car doing 60mph in a round about u still feel very safe at that point, compare to a bmw handling I think that the paseo will beat the handling no problem. Because I also own a BMW E36 318i
Bought with 110,000 miles on and now have 175,000. Still getting 31-34 mpg. (has AT) only maintenance have done is replaced bad 02 sensor a couple years ago, oil change, drained at fluid but didn't replace filter, replaced front brakes and rotor. Recently changed spark plugs and air filter idles very smooth. Not a car for a larger person. But if you're under 5'10" and 180#s, it's great.
This is NOT a sports car/coupe. Don't even mention 0-60 or 1/4 mile times. Buy a Buy a G35 or vette if you want that. It is a commuter car, period! Great gas mileage, handling, and performance "for a commuter car." Purchased this car with 89K for about $3K strictly for M-F communte. Handles good, no rattles or shakes up to 60mph. After that, the engine starts to strain a bit. At 6'3" my hair almost touches the ceiling, have to recline abit for more headroom. Forget using the back seat except for groceries or gym bag. Getting between 30-35mpg avg. city/hwy. Good brakes & sound insulation for a small cheap car. With the price of gas today, this car only makes sense for a M-F car.