I stopped enjoying the car once the throttle body became a constant problem
Maybe it was a sign of things to come. When I purchase the vehicle, the dealer had a difficult time "clearing" the faults. (the county I live in requires emission inspections). The mechanic told me it was a good engine, just wait a day and it should be OK. Apparently the fault cleared and it passed inspection. Less than a year later, the throttle body apparently gets carbon build up and the car stalls when ever slowing down or stopping. Yes, I have just recently received a recall regarding throttle body issues, but supposedly only for cold weather states. In addition, my transmission clunks loudly when I start to accelerate. The drivers side window works intermittently (sluggish to close or does not close at all.
I've had to replace the tires twice on this vehicle for what I was told was because of the "European" design in which the wheels are at an angle for handling purposes.
OK, when the car was running, I did get 27 miles per gallon on the hwy and averaged a little over 19 miles per gallon for city/hwy. I like the red color of the dashboard lights, the fact that the rear seat folds down and the trunk space is very good. Not a very quiet car to drive due to the excessive road noise.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th April, 2005