I love this car!
Ignition switch (electrical) replaced at 96K.
Distributor 'O' rings minor leak, replaced at 105K.
Driver's and passenger's windows went up too high and needed re-adjustment.
A fast, well built five cylinder car, which combines sporty feel with luxury that I wish would last forever. Acceleration throws you back in your seat. First time drivers usually burn rubber.
Although it calls for 'premium', I have been using regular gas for 8 years with no problem except a slight drop in performance. The auto-timing feature adjusts to the lower octane. Engine starts and feels like new after 13 years. Oil is still clean between changes, with no noticeable oil consumption.
High quality materials, thick doors, superb fit and finish, and exotic real woods give feel of luxury and strength. The car has a sturdy, sure and stable wide-track handling feel.
The front seats are a bit low to ground, and would have benefited from a height adjustment feature. Lumbar pump support helps on long trips. Older people find exit a little difficult. Back seat is fine for adult short hauls, is better for kid-sized people. I always took it for a two-seater with rear grocery room.
Surprisingly good on gas, around 32 hwy, less in the city depending on how smart you drive.
Awesome Alpine factory sound system with suspended center roof console mid-range speakers, and tweeters in dash corners. Bass notes are full and deep even still with original speakers. Radio has great long-range pulling power. CD player is a little fussy lately, but probably needs a cleaning after 13 years. Factory CD plays most burned disc formats.
Cool styling; still turns heads!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th September, 2007