An affordable long lasting car
So far not much has gone wrong with the car. I bought the car from my brother-in-law that owns an auto shop for $2500 with 252,xxx miles on it. I have put 30,xxx miles on it since I bought it two years ago to commute to school.
So far, the only thing I have really needed to do was get my oil changed every 3 thousand miles. Even after 3 thousand miles, the oil still looks almost as if it was just dumped out of the bottle.
A gasket or seal in the automatic transmission is allowing fluid to leak out. However I only need to add a quart every other oil change, which is no big deal, even for $6 a bottle B&M trick shift. Oddly enough, it seems to have slowed down once I started adding B&M trick shift.
When I bought the car, I had an AC line replaced by my brother-in-law for free, however a year after that the same AC line leaked, and I have not replaced it.
The rear headliner where it meets the rear window began to fall down.
The front steering components are at about 50% wear from what my mechanic says, however the steering is still tight and handles well.
This car has been great so far. My mom owns a 1999 Pontiac Grand AM with just over 100k miles, and she has paid more in repairs since I have owned my car than I bought mine for.
Even with the automatic transmission and living in the hills, I still manage 30+ MPG with an average speed of 65 MPH. When I am really penny pinching, I can get near 35 MPG even climbing hills.
The interior build quality is somewhat poor, but nothing has broken. It has power windows and locks, and they are functioning fine.
Overall, this is a very good car, and probably one of the best I will own. Out of all my friends and relatives, my car has the best reliability and lowest cost of ownership. The parts are low cost, and they seem to last well.
For 110 horsepower, this car accelerates fairly quickly, and I am usually at road speed when I get onto the freeway.
I may be looking to swap this car to manual when I get the chance, and I am looking forward to see how fun the car will be to drive with a manual.
The stereo sounds good for stock, however my car only came with a tape deck, but that does not bother me because I mainly only listen to the radio.
There is a lot more to this car, but to finish off, I would have to say that this car was a great buy. I do not regret buying this car, and will probably keep it, even if I buy another car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th August, 2010