Solid and Efficient runner
Timing belt tensioner went slack and caused a lot of noise under the hood. Luckily it didn't break and I was able to put in a new water pump, tensioner and belt for less than $400.
Has trouble starting when the temps hit 30 below, but that really isn't the car's fault.
Doors are pretty sticky and sometimes don't want to open right away.
If you are considering a car that has power and speed at your fingertips, this really isn't the vehicle for you. What this car has is economy, and it has it in abundance. The seats are inexpensive and seem to be wearing well, the general interior components are solid, if a little austere. The biggest problem we had with it is someone broke in and stole the aftermarket radio (itself circa 1996) and left a gaping hole in the dash. Again, not the car's fault.
The thing I like best about this car is that I really can't speed in it and when driving around town--daycare, groceries, work--the car handles beautifully. On the highways up here in North Dakota, where the speed limit is 75 and the expectation is 80, the car struggles, but manages. Again, it is not the excitement I get from the speed, but the mercy I realize at the pump. The most I've ever spent is about $22 for a full tank. I think we get about 35 MPG on the freeway and high twenties in town. Mind you, that's before the tune-up we expect this summer.
I can't recommend this car enough. It is cheap, efficient, and useful. If you can find one, I say go for it--you won't be disappointed. I would definitely buy another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th March, 2008