Front were blown at 52k when purchased.
Fan stopped running at around 80k, but my dad fixed it easily. Nothing major at all.. original owner had a piece of paper wedge to make it work so we got it fixed correctly, but cost nothing because it was so minor at a local garage.
All it was basically was a short in the connection to the motor.
1.5 engine is VERY weak, struggles up hills especially with A. C on.
Automatic Transmission is geared low to help climb hills. If you punch on it going up a hill, it gears down quickly then gears back up and will change too often.
Tip: If you are going up a mountain, just keep the car in 3rd gear... did good that way for me.
I have had the car for nearly 60,000 miles.
I started driving it when I was 16 so you can imagine what I put it through.
I bought the car with a dent in the passenger side. Local shop fixed it perfectly.
Put aftermarket chrome wheels on the car, looked great.
Put aftermarket C. D player/speakers in car.
Handling is very tight, I really enjoyed this part of the performance.
Around 75-80k hit a deer, had to get another door put on the car, aftermarket left front fender and have dents taken out of the hood.
Later hit a small dog which cracked the front of the car, but never got that fixed due to value of the car.
Great gas mileage!
When I first got the car and kept everything clean, got lots of compliments which was great with the amount of money I spent (very cheap!)
Overall, despite being a "cheap" car, it has been VERY dependable despite what all I have put the car through. From what I have got out of the car, I would feel comfortable suggesting someone to buy the car at 100k on it.