Surprisingly good value that was fun to drive
Head gasket at 210000.
Timing belt at 190000.
Headliner fabric fell down. I removed the fabric and painted the perforated press board.
Radiator at 150000 miles.
Front struts and rear shocks at 180000.
Some rust repair around the front pillars I did myself.
Some shift linkage problems.
This car ran great. With the standard transmission it was quick and got good fuel economy. It was wonderful in the snow (a big issue around here).
There were some repairs while I owned it, but it was far better than making car payments. Many of the repairs and maintenance items I could perform easily myself because the car was so easy to work on.
I sold it in 2001 because of my growing family. It never ate more than a litre of oil between changes. Secrets to long life were changing oil every 3000 miles, oil spraying body once a year and lubricating the shift linkage at least twice a year.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2002