A reliable, practical, useful vehicle
Had an oil leak repaired, dealer replaced the front oil pan gasket.
Had transmission looked at as it would shift late into first, when pulling to a stop and then giving it gas to pull away, resulting in jerk. Dealer replaced the engine computer (said it controlled the transmission). This was way before I discovered about the vehicles transmission legacy.
Replaced the evaporator three years ago, cost $750. A/C lasted for one summer and gave out the next summer.
Tie rod ends where replaced as one blew apart.
Just recently the Compressor clutch went up in smoke, but am able to drive vehicle with.
Engine has slight oil leak again, but only slight wetting on engine.
In general, for a mass produced vehicle, it has done me well. I regularly replace the oil/filter at approx 5000kms, with synthetic, and engine has not given me any problems. The transmission isn't perfect, as it shifts sloppy, but you can adjust for that. I tow my boat, with this combo, no problem with full vehicle, people and "stuff" to lake, and runs fine all day. I just use 3rd gear only, no overdrive, and it has lots of power. It is a daily driver, and except for a battery failure at 5 years has started every time.
Small things are staring to go, example - A/C, but I had it treated yearly with Krown Rust check and it is virtually rust free.
What more could I ask for?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th January, 2003