Just a great car
Started went bad.
Valves sometimes leaked oil into cylinders, especially when under hard acceleration.
Radio went bad.
Rear struts failed.
Rear defroster died.
I loved this little car.
I got it cheap, and it had some problems for sure. But like any car, especially an older one, if it had been better taken care of, it would have lasted.
I picked it up cheap, and I did most, if not all, of my own maintenance. I'm mechanically inclined, but despite the tightness of the engine bay, it's fairly straight forward to work on.
I had the base engine, which didn't make a lot of power. But I think the O2 sensor went bad at the end of its life and got stuck in an open loop, because it was dumping a lot more gas into the engine to compensate. It wasn't great for the car, but it moved faster. That probably was what killed it.
I drove this car everywhere. I never felt bad about taking it to school in Detroit or to visit friends in Lansing.
In fact, when it died, the rear main seal went on my way to MSU. I didn't know this at the time. So on Sunday, I filled it back up with oil and drive 90 miles with almost no oil. This thing was like an old arthritic dog whose last mission was to get me home.
It was the only car I was ever really attached to, and I miss it. I would get another one, but here in Michigan, people ask way too much for their secondhand cars, and the ones that do exist are usually "pimped" out by some kid who wears Puff Diddly clothes or whatever, and who has usually driven the car into the ground.
But overall, I'd recommend the car. Take care of it, and it'll take care of you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th July, 2013