1990 Chevrolet Sprint from North America
A cool retro first vehicle
On the driver's side, the place where seatbelt buckles into stopped working a few months after I purchased the vehicle (the belt would no longer stay buckled). A new part was too expensive and hard to find, so to solve this problem I would buckle the driver's seatbelt into the passenger's buckle. It worked alright, never got into any accidents with the car though fortunately. It sucked that I couldn't bring a passenger up front without them or myself riding without a seat belt though.
Good first car. Not the safest vehicle, would not want to drive it on any highways or roads where the speed limit is over 80 km/h. I did so a few times and nothing bad happened, it was just a bit unnerving. No airbags in this car.
Very, very small, but also very good on gas. If gas was 90 cents/L it would cost about $22 to fill up the tank, and the tank would last me around week and a half to two weeks. I usually just drove it to and from work 5 days a week, which was about a 20 minute drive each way. Longest trip I made with it was about 45 minutes each way.
Speakers worked fine, although there is no bass whatsoever.
Breaks were fine, although I had to step down firmly, they are not very sensitive.
NO POWER STEERING. This wasn't a huge problem for me once I got used to it, it just makes it harder to turn the wheel, which gave me strong arm muscles in the end.
Winter driving was okay, just take things SLOW. Don't try to accelerate too quick. I never got into any accidents and I drove this car all throughout the cold Canadian winter. I witnessed BMWs and Lexuses collide in the winter, yet my little old Sprint and I never had any issues.
I bought this car from a distant relative of mine, and she only used it once or twice a week to drive to the grocery store. When I got the car, there was only around 60,000 km on it, which is crazy for a car that is 25 years old. I was very lucky that this Sprint was in such good condition.
Overall, I ended up liking this car. It has a very retro feel to it. The interior made me feel like I was back in the 90s! Even the smell (which, believe it or not, was a good thing). It's a very basic car. Manual roll down windows, no power steering, no automatic locking doors, no autostarting engine. No bells and whistles, just what you need to get you from A to B. I ended up moving across the country and couldn't bring the Sprint with me, and I really do miss it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th July, 2016