Mine must have been a major dud..
Steering rack failed at 51000 miles.
Brakes failed at 53000 miles.
Fuel pump failed at 54000 miles.
Starter motor failed at 55000 miles.
Ignition switch failed at 57000 miles.
Catalytic converter troubles at 58000 miles.
Final straw, failed fuel pump again at 60000 miles.
Numerous rattles and squeaks throughout entire period of ownership.
This car was a dream until it hit 50000 miles, then it was like it possessed by an evil automotive gremlin. A lot of stuff failed in a short amount of time. I got rid of it because it had drained me, and my bank account.
At it's best, it was cheap, easy on gas, and reasonably comfortable in front. The power steering was too light, but it was quick and handled well.
Acceleration with the automatic was agonizingly slow at best, dangerous at worst (read A/C on). Braking was okay, and I had never had any issue keeping it under control in emergency maneuvers.
The ride was choppy, but no worse than a lot of other econoboxes (better than a Colt or a Sprint). Noisy interior, made even noisier by the myriad of rattles, vibrations, and squeaks coming from the doors, glove box, rear hatch... pretty much everywhere.
The rear seat was miserable. Leg room was okay for a subcompact, but the bolt upright seat and lack of headroom made it very uncomfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th January, 2010