Very nice car, but the lack of power ruins it
I had trouble getting the belt for the air conditioning and alternator to seat properly, I have had to purchase two new ones already.
The door latches tend to stick at times, most likely from lack of use as the car had been stored for a long period of time prior to purchase. One time I went around the corner and a door flew open. Also the lift gate tends to not stay up in cold weather and slowly drops other times as the car is jostled loading items in.
Another annoying problem is that the seat belts don't retract very well. This is repairable though.
The heater core leaked.
The car seems quite underpowered in my opinion. Accelerating up hills is impossible even with it floored, and I don't try passing because I can never overcome the car I'm trying to pass. The engine in the car is in excellent shape too, the car had low mileage when it was purchased.
The interior appointments and styling are very nice, the woodgrain is a nice touch. Slightly cramped in the back seats however. The transmission hump in the floor is huge however, making it seem small.
The exterior styling is nice and tasteful, but the car's 13" ride height and over-assisted power steering make driving it tedious. The steering is very responsive however. The driver needs to take care going into corners in this car as opposed to a passenger car.
The car is however very solidly built, much like a Volvo and the suspension is very tight, no rattles or strange noises.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th June, 2002