Overall a great small truck for anyone
Slight valve cover gasket leak.
Slight front engine seal leak.
Inherited it from my Grandma in 2010.
In the 9,000 kms I've driven it since then, I've done mostly city driving (50 - 80km per hour), and a few trips out to the lake.
Bare-bones basic model: Power steering, power brakes, A/T, no A/C, no cruise control, manual window cranks and door locks. (It'd sometimes be nice to have C.C. for highway driving and A/C in the summer, although it does have side and back vent windows, which are nice).
Gas at $1.00/L, costs me about $55 to fill. Can go between 300kms - 400kms on a full tank.
The cloth bench seat is actually pretty comfortable for most drives (start to get a slight ache after an hour and a half on the highway though).
Dash instrument layout and controls are great, everything is within reach. What's nice is that the in-dash pull out cup holder doesn't block any radio or climate controls.
Heats up fast most of the time in the winter, and defrosts the windows nicely.
The Extended-cab is very handy, mostly use it as a 'trunk' or storage space. It does have flip down seats, but they're not really for adults.
It even has side-panel storage and under-seat storage back there.
The bed has box-liner in it, I'm not sure if it was in there originally, or if my Grandma had it put in.
The body has a few rust spots, but not bad.
Lower-to-the-ground than most other trucks, this little/medium size truck handles better than I thought it would. Good turning circle/radius. Maneuvers well. Acceleration is sprightly for a 4 cyl. truck. Good stopping power (front drums, and has rear anti-lock brakes. I'm not sure offhand if the rear is discs or drums).
The ONLY maintenance I've had done on it so far in almost 10,000 kms is 2 oil changes (at the neighbourhood oil and lube place), and numerous anti-freeze top-ups (by me).
(I only know about the slight valve cover gasket leak, and the slight front engine seal leak because the oil change place told me about them - I got the deluxe oil change with 24-point inspection both times).
This leaking antifreeze problem has me a little worried, considering how many other posts I see on here about blown head gaskets...
But alas, it has been very reliable. It's never failed to start. (there were a few times it was very 'grumpy' while from starting sitting out in -20*C for 8 hours, but it started nonetheless). All lights, gauges, wipers, and switches work.
Besides the anti-freeze, it leaks no other fluids. (My parents 99 Honda Civic has 160,000kms on it, leaks oil and possibly burns it too.)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th April, 2011