A money pit
I have replaced all 4 ball joints once, and a couple of them twice. Now they need to be raplaced again after less than 6 months. I had the oil cooling lines replaced, along with a water pump. Also, the heater core needed to be flushed twice, and the coolant intake resealed. The thermostat has also been replaced. The steering idler arm has been replaced along with a rear brake line. The front pads and rotors have been replaced. The battery and alternator have also been replaced. The driver's side front door and the passenger's side front door need to have the pins replaced. The rear speakers have not worked since I bought the vehicle.
As far as the engine itself, it's a great running SUV. However, the vehicle is not structurally sound in my opinion. I have owned the vehicle for less than a year and cannot recount a time period of more than 3 weeks where something has not gone wrong. Total estimated cost of repairs is around $3,000. That price is mostly parts, I am an amateur mechanic and have done a lot of the work myself witht he help of more qualified friends.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th September, 2003