For quick, cheap fun, this is the one!
Had to replace starter shortly after purchase, cost: $38.00.
Clutch needs to be replaced, can do it myself for $158.00 and one afternoon (mechanic by trade).
Sunroof leaked, had to replace gasket. Cost: $32.00 including shipping.
The car didn't have a headliner when I bought it, probably ruined by sunroof leak.
I have really enjoyed the short time that I've owned this car. It is quick on acceleration, fairly economical, and runs very well.
Handling is descent, although not as good as an import.
I'm 6' tall and have no complaints about the comfort in the front seats, rear seats are a little cramped, but do-able if necessary.
I haven't raced anyone with this car, but I can tell you that it cannot keep up with a Z71 pickup in stock trim (co-worker left me in dust while leaving work), I'm sure it would have no problems burying a stock or mildly modified Honda though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th April, 2004