Reliable, cheap transportation
The front brakes were shot when I bought it, which is common with this car. I replaced the rotors and put on ceramic (lifetime) pads myself for about $100. The front brakes on this car are easy to change for a backyard mechanic.
The clear coat on the hood was in very rough shape, and looked bad. Found a good replacement in the junkyard, another easy fix.
Tape deck and rear speakers did not work. I replaced the stereo and all 4 speakers for about $130. I was surprised how low quality the stock speakers were.
All window motors are weak, and I will probably have to replace them soon. If you use them too much, they will over heat and stop working until they cool down.
If you only want reliable transportation and can find one of these models in decent mechanical condition, I would buy it. Especially if you are able to do basic repairs yourself.
I drove this 12 year old car almost clear across the US, and had no problems at all. I averaged 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.
My only complaint with this car is typical of most North American vehicles, and that is the cheap looking and poor fitting interior. The interior plastic panels tend to rub together, and creak or vibrate. The cover behind the door handle and window switch covers do not sit flush, and look like they were made for some other car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd October, 2010