For the $6000 Canadian we paid for it ten years ago, this car has been a real bargain
Cyl heads were replaced under warranty just before I got the car.
The cyl heads went bad again at about 180,000 Km. (The valve guides wore out)
The water pump failed around 170,000 Km.
The transmission got noisy around 200,000 km and was replaced.
When the guides went bad, the catalytic converter needed to be replaced to pass E-Test.
The power antenna has been replaced and is non-functional again.
In the last 10 years the brake linings have been replaced twice, rotors once, and rear cyls once.
The car has used up 3 sets of tires in 10 years.
I have rplaced the battery twice, and alternator once.
The oil pan has been replaced due to a leak.
The gas tank has been replaced due to a leak.
The "body computer" was replaced when the compass stopped working at about 150,000 Km (13 years)
The car has been in 2 minor collisions.
This car has been a very comfortable ride.
The car has been quite reliable - and has never let us down.
The body and interior still look almost like new.
Currently it uses less than a liter of oil between 5000km changes.
The car is pretty reasonable in fuel consumption - around 11 liters per 100km in town, as good as 8.5 on the highway.
The car would be better on the highway with the 4 speed automatic, but the 3 speed is generally more reliable and durable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th August, 2004