Fun, fast, marginal build quality and dependability
Last month the ECU died; cost $1K to replace.
Stereo died after 2 years.
Subwoofer amp died last year.
Evaporative purge solenoid at 75K miles -- easy fix.
Evaporative control wiring at 100K miles -- fixed myself for pennies; would have been pricey at a dealer.
Evaporative tank shield brackets, exhaust heat shield rotted off at 110K.
Battery lasted 5 years.
4 warped rotors so far, brake pads lasting 50K miles.
Fuel pressure regulator at 150K.
Several intermittent rattles in the dash.
Paint is very soft.
This is a very odd car. Fun, but odd. It puts a smile on my face every time I drive.
It also has about the longest learning curve of any car I have had to get the most performance from it. The suspension is crude, the shifter lacks (short shifter helps so much), but the 6 speed, the 200 hp (she responds so nicely to an intake and headers), and the factory (and my DIY) suspension tweaks make for a car that delivers performance FAR in excess of its price ($14500).
The interior is pretty basic, but well laid out and functional. I like the seat, which is important as I spend a lot of time in it. Driving position is good. Clutch is excellent, braking is good, much more fade resistant than the Civic Si and Toyota's I have owned.
I get 28 MPG around town, and 32 MPG at 65 mph, but mileage drops off a lot at higher speeds. Oil changes are super easy, as the oil filter is just inside the R wheel well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th July, 2012