A Sleek, Stylish, roomy coupe that looks and handles like cars twice the price
Nothing really to speak of. The past 2 years have been trouble free (knock on wood). The engine light comes on and off every once and a while, but that's seems to be the norm. A squeaky belt can be heard a bit on damp days, or when the car sits for a little while, but nothing big.
Oil changes are pretty much all that is required.
Watch out for the front end. Very low. Any obstacle or bump over 3 1/2 inches or so tall, and your gonna scrape! With caution, you can survive daily obstacles, but occasionally, I have to park it on the road, and walk up the driveway (if entrance is too steep, which doesn't take much). That is the price you pay for the cool looking low front end. A fair trade off in my opinion.
Overall a great car. Very roomy for a coupe, big trunk (carries 2 sets of golf clubs + gear no problem). Folding rear seats let me take just about anything I need to.
Seats are comfy, yet really supportive thanks to the heavy side bolstering.
Although it isn't a "rocket", it relatively quick. Likes going well over the posted speed limit (which I don't recommend). Handles great on twisty roads, even at 85+mph. I have driven a lot of cars, and the handling on this one is the most well rounded. Corners fantastic with the 17s.
Very few of these can be found were I live (no LXi's with the newer 97+ front end). My car is the only one like it, none even close to it. It gets a lot of compliments, as most people don't know what it is. They think its something just recently out.
Love it's style, sleek and with the 17s, looks better than a lot of the new stuff out.
Just as long as you take driveways on an angle, and keep quality tires on it, especially on the 16 & 17' wheels... they're a great car. I don't tear the crap out of mine, and I give my cars what they need (factory parts, nothing cheap). That's probably why they're cheap to maintain. If something does break (which I hope doesn't happen), it is still cheaper to maintain this, than a car payment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th March, 2007