A reliable fuel sipper
It has had a few suspension components replaced like a rear strut, both rear stabilizer links and a front strut mount. The rear stabilizer links are hard plastic, not the sway bar! There seemed to be some confusion on here about that. You can get stabilizer links that are metal for replacements. The car travels poorly maintained country roads daily.
The only issue that stands out is the paint quality. Some of the paint on the rocker panels came off in the first year of my parent's ownership. I fixed the paint issue before I had to safety the car, because the dealership refused to repair the paint under warranty.
I own a 2007 Optra with 183,000 km, and have had no serious issues. The car is good on gas, and has been highly reliable so far. My parents bought the car new, and I bought it from them when they got a new car.
Some nice things about the car are that it has four wheel disc brakes, and front and rear independent suspension. The car has generous passenger room as well.
At first I wasn't sure if I cared for the gearbox, but now I am getting used to it. The clutch is forgiving and it is a good car to learn on. This is my first standard car I have owned. I will never go back to driving an automatic! Last fill up I got 7.65L/100 KM mostly highway with some city driving, which is about what the car is rated for on the highway. I actually think it is too bad GM stopped making cars like this.
I hope you found this review helpful.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th September, 2011