After almost 200,000 miles, not much has really gone wrong with the car, other the usual wear items like brakes and tires.
It still has the original spark plugs.
I've had to replace the driver's seat three times, but I'm not a small person.
Check engine light has been on the past 100,000 miles. Shows an evap code or a possible oxygen sensor. Replaced the sensor once at 90,000 miles. Came back on again at 97,000 miles.
Window track bent at 120,000 miles. Expensive dealer repair, should have not fixed it.
Recently replaced bearings. Tie rods, shocks, and struts are still acceptable. Lower control arm bushing needs replacing.
Dash pad has cracked in two places.
The defrost has not worked right in the last couple of years. It will melt ice, but the windows stay foggy unless I crack open a window.
A/C died two years ago.
I bought the car brand new in August of 2002 out of desperation. My previous car, a 1996 Ford Contour, blew up at 122,000 miles. I needed something dependable for work, and after being in an out of the repair shop numerous times with the Contour, I could not afford to keep doing that.
I've had the car over 11 years now. Drop dead reliable. The only time it didn't start was when the original battery died five years ago.
Despite the cheap and chintzy interior, the car is comfortable. I wish I had cruise control. It is starting to show its age, however, with the paint peeling and dash cracking. Also, in the summer time the inside of the car, with the dark hard plastic, is a sauna. Unfortunately the A/C died two years ago. Since then I've also had defrost issues also. I do not know what the issue is.
I know these cars were panned by the media, but this is the best car I've ever owned. It will be a sad day when our journey ends.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2013