Reliable part of the family!!
Not much has gone wrong, but I like to make sure everything is going to go right so I've replaced front brake pads and rear brake shoes and rear wheel bearings all for under $100. There was a slight noise when I turned right so I replaced both CV axles, luckily there is a core refund on these so I spent less than $150. Replaced the clutch thinking it was worn when really the transmission bolts had just vibrated loose causing poor clutch performance, $100. Routine maintenance, oil and filter changes, air cleaner change and spark plug replacement all very quick and really cheap. I drive long distance so I purchased seats from a 1998 Metro for $40 at a wrecker and am very comfortable now. Thermostat was stuck open for the longest time, I didn't really notice until the mercury dipped really low, now it's too hot!
This is my favorite car I've ever owned. It is immensely reliable and so easy to maintain that I have a hard time finding cars that compare. I purchased the car in Campbell River, BC and drove it really hard on logging roads out there and the car took every bit of it and still drove straight without hiccup on the highway. I've since driven it from BC to Ontario with all of my belongings and a passenger and again, the car never once had an issue. The mountains were slow going averaging just 60km/h going up, but I did have the satisfaction of being passed by a big dodge pick-up going really fast who later broke down on the side as my Sprint slowly pulled up and over the summit. Averaging 130km/h on the prairies was no problem. I thought for sure something bad would happen, but nothing did. After 26,000 hard km I'm still driving and loving the car, especially now in a northern Ontario winter hand brake turning is a blast. Also, the car without being plugged in will start almost immediately the morning after a -35 Celcius night.
'Tud' has never let me down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th January, 2008