4 speed 4th gear went out, then 3rd, from heavy hauling. Replaced with a 5 speed out of a 92 GL. Totally great trans. I use redline MT-90 and don't use the clutch to shift. So what if various things have minor problems. The car gets me around for almost nothing.
It's probably a better car for a good driver. Crash tested average to above, but not the best. No air bags. So probably it's a death trap, but so cheap to get there with, it's a steal.
Even with the bouncing front struts; an easy way to help there is to change the rear shocks, and that helps a lot to get rid of the bounce cheaply.
Burns oil and does not hold much, so letting it get a quart low is stupid. Add oil and gas, and drive it. If you are a complainer, stay away from this car, you will just complain.
I love it, and even though I have many other vehicles that are better, I choose the piece of @%*!@ Excel as my daily driver.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th December, 2011