Precise handling and reliability
Wiring short due to theft attempt. Both horns and security/hood switch had to be replaced at a cost of $550.00 Canadian funds.
I've had this vehicle since new and have never had to visit the dealership for unscheduled maintenance other than damage caused by an attempted theft. 7 years later and 160 000 km, and the 1.6EL runs the same as the day I bought it.
The handling on this car is its most appealing feature. The engine is adequate, but not overly powerful. You need to be willing to drive this car at high rpm to extract any performance from it.
Braking is excellent and so is the brake wear. I replaced my first set of brakes at 120 000 km.
A separate set of snow/winter tires are highly recommended.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th July, 2004