Reliable, fun to drive, economical, cheap to maintain
Very little has been done to this car in terms of major repairs.
New engine mounts at 110,000 miles ($400).
Brakes, belts, tires, normal stuff.
Air intake serviced at 115,000 miles ($100).
That's basically it, this car has been extremely reliable.
We bought this car brand new in 2003. We have almost all the features with the exception of the 4X4, since we live in an area of no snow or even rain.
No major repairs have been done, everything has worked fine throughout the years (knock on wood).
The A/C does need to be serviced, but it's never been serviced in the 9 years we owned it, and we live in 100 degree weather.
The seats are not as bad as everyone makes them sound. The rear seats are a bit uncomfortable, but I found that reclining them forward a bit made them much more comfortable.
Power is lacking, especially when the A/C is on, but for a school/going out car, it's absolutely fine.
The funny thing is one friend has a 2005 Ford F150 and another has a 2011 Nissan Maxima ($43,000 car), and they will normally choose my car over theirs when we need to go in one car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th November, 2012