A dependable, good-looking car
The front brakes went out after four years (about 73,000 miles). The rotors and pads were replaced.
Plastic pieces from the seat belts and other places in the back seats have been falling off.
Something might be wrong with the head gasket. I am not sure. Coolant is missing, but it has been checked for external and internal leaks. The results were negative.
It was recalled right away for the transmission casing.
Also a computer sensor malfunctioned causing one of the service lights to stay on. This was under warranty.
The radio antennae periodically becomes loose causing the radio to sound fuzzy.
It is kind of noisy. The car drove fairly smooth the first year or two, but slowly proved to give a bumpy ride.
It is really not that comfortable for passengers in the back seat.
Although I listed many negative things about the car, there are so many more positive things I can say about it. I really like my car. I love my car.
It has never stalled or left me stranded anywhere (knock on wood). I still haven't had to change the battery. And it started for me during all the winters after it had sat outside all night. It didn't start for me one time during this past harsh winter.
I really like the looks of the Rally Sport model. And I love the Deep Purple color that was available that year.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th July, 2001