Brown and rolls around town JUST FINE
From the beginning? I bought the car for $550 (Can) and little did I know how much trouble it would cause.
It started with having the choke reset on it.
Then I replaced all my motor mounts.
Then on a trip to the ski resort I ended up blowing my radiator.
I had to replace the water pump.
Put in a stereo because a push button AM radio blows when you're 16.
Then the major event occurred. The connecting rod bearing blew because I was racing a friend and I tore down the whole engine, replaced rings, seals, reground valves and seats, put in all new bearings, re-honed cylinders... the works.
Now he runs fine.
The car is good. The handling is a little bit unstable when you turn hairpin corners at high speeds. I'm sure that it would never tip, but it's not precise.
It's ugly and the color of poo. I've been told that it looks like a Chevette on stereriods.
The power is unbelievably good. I mean, I race friends with horrible V8's and kick their cars butt. I've gotten it up to 155kms. The performance is not too bad and the comfort can't be beat. I think that I enjoy the fact that I can go on road trips (now) reliable and be sure that my car can make it.
It burns a bit of oil on startup, but that's just because I re honed the cylinders and didn't get specialized rings to fit the new wall. I just have to wait till the piston expands.
It was my first car and my friends love its four doors and superior comfort.
I want to sell it though, and buy a Trans Am or something muscular.
I guess it's all alright when you tear the whole thing down and put it all back together.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th July, 2001