Cheap to purchase, has been reliable in hard service
Unknown to me, head gasket was blown when I bought it from second hand dealership; 123,000 miles, no warranty. I was stuck for 900 dollar repair.
Replaced the timing belt and associated parts when I bought it, due to its reputation for failure of the timing belt and resultant engine damage.
I bought it cheap, but these two major repairs have made it less of a bargain.
Once I got the problem with the head gasket sorted out, it has been a very good car for the past 9000 miles.
Very comfortable seats, head rest adjusts, and has lumbar support knob like my BMW, I appreciate that as I can rest my neck on long drives.
The interior quality I would rate as cheap and not very durable, but seat cushions are firm and supportive, much more comfy than my Hyundai Sonata.
I use the car daily in courier delivery work. I drive about 170 (hard) miles per day, and it has given great, dependable service. Fuel mileage is much better than I anticipated (23 combined highway and congested city stop and start driving).
It was cheap to purchase and I bought it for city delivery work. In that regard it has surpassed my expectations. 132,000 miles on it now, hoping to get a couple years worth of wear out of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th March, 2011