If you can buy this car for cheap, go for it; the parts are not inexpensive but it rarely needs them
Very simple for maintenance, super reliable. I kind of regret that I gave it up when I had fuel pump issue that was not diagnosed properly by the car mechanic I used at the time, and sold this little station wagon.
At only 115 horses, this car seems rather underpowered; in fact, I traveled with the car fully loaded (almost like moving from one city to another for work), and it performed very well on over 2,000km round trips, done three times in 2003.
No power windows or any luxurious features, very basic interior, rather ugly interior design, but everything worked as it was supposed to, and never had any issues.
Changed the oil, the plugs, bought new tires when the original ones went kaput, a few bulbs and that was it.
I kind of loved that car at that time, and only the issue with the fuel pump, and the fact that my wife hated the looks of this car, convinced me to sell it for next to nothing. The guy who got it from me came back a few months later and said he's extremely happy with it, after he fixed the pump for less than $100. I regretted selling it ever since I did, since my next car was a lemon that came at $15,000 cost (compared to $3,000 for the Subaru Loyal wagon in 2001, sold at $600 in 2004).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th October, 2010