This may seem like a lot of things gone wrong to some, but this car is a dream compared to my '89 Beretta. There was a point for several months where I had to drive with both feet or I'd stall. Eventually discovered it had computer problems.
When I sit down and list them all, it does seem like a lot, but the car always started. I chose the ZX2 over the Chevy Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire because the ZX2 got much better reliability ratings according to Consumer Reports.
The same month I purchased the car, I took an 1100 mile road trip through Toronto and Niagara Falls Canada. By the third day my back was extremely sore. I'm not sure if this is common for even luxury cars on such a long trip.
I had to get used to the cramped space. I'm only 5'6", but I have long legs, so the seat wouldn't move back far enough for me.
Some people complain about the loud engine, but I loved it. It made the car sound a lot meaner than it really was. When I was passing someone, they heard me before they saw me.
It got 26 mpg in my everyday driving and 33 on the hwy. In the years I had it, it saved me over $1600 in gas over my Beretta. Plus, it looked a lot cooler. With the premium sound, 6 CD changer and moon roof (which was surprisingly quiet) it was the nicest car I ever owned. I hated to get rid of it, but I needed a 4x4. I would recommend this car to anyone wanting a sporty and reliable car without forking over $10k for a Celica.