Good for a thrifty back yard mechanic
Timing belt blew because the tensioner went bad (my fault?).
Sway bar bushings.
Rear struts (but they were old).
Paint falling off, rust.
Burned a little oil.
Fuel pump (my fault).
Handles sporty, firm and little body roll.
Good shifting compared to American cars, almost good as the Civic and Corolla.
Good acceleration compared to others between 120-130hp.
Good top speed, too.
I got very good fuel mileage. Unbelievable.
Too low to the ground, but good in snow anyway. But I drove it aggressively.
Tough underneath - dragged over rocks, muddy ruts, ice and snow, branches, etc.
Not so comfortable.
Decent visibility, better than most small cars.
Parts wear out lots, but are cheap, except a few which are too much money.
Not reliable as Cavalier/Sunfire/Escort/Saturn. I found it more reliable than a Focus. Can't compare to Japanese.
Many little "gripes"; windows fog up too fast, dash layout isn't well thought-out, poor speakers, not as much room inside as others in class, hear too much road noise and wind, and squeaks and rattles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th May, 2012