Reserved At this point
I just purchased this car yesterday.
The local market is very poor for quality used cards. I swore I would never buy another GM car after the depreciation of my 2005 Pontiac Montana, but my wife decided to return to university and thus I had to get rid of my 2005 Subaru Impreza and get something else for her to drive to school. I'm too upside down in the pontiac to get rid of it.
I looked long and hard for a good quality 97-99 import with relatively low km in the same price range ($4000 - $5000 locally) which was all I could afford. There were none. In that price range I was looking at 97 at the newest with > 200K km on them. No thanks.
I found this in a non manufacture used car lot. I test drove it fairly hard myself. I then bought it to a very trusted mechanic who went through it thoroughly for me. It had a dented rim which the dealer replaced. The check engine light was on, indicating a knock sensor activation. The engine isn't knocking so cleared the fault and now a few starts later the light is on again. I'll get it checked again later today to see if it is the same thing.
The terrain here is very hilly. My test drive, I now realize did not include many hills. So last night I think it started slipping on a hill. I'm not sure if it is a slip or one of those "I don't know what gear I want to be in" moments for the auto tranny. The wife is delighted with it (very clean nice looking car which is all she cares about) and took it to school today. Tonight I will put it through the paces to see if it is slipping or not.
Nicely equiped car with surprisingly nice 16" wheels.
All options work nicely.
Handles nice and surprisingly has pretty good zip from the lights.
Seats are relatively comfortable for what it is.
It is no 2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS AWD 5-Speed which it replaced however : (
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th September, 2007