Fun little fuel saver
Bad alternator at 998 miles. Driving down the highway, lost the radio, then the lights, then the power steering, then the gauges, then the engine died. The dealer paid to tow it, paid for rental car (an awful Hyundai), but took 3 weeks to get it done because they hadn't released the new alternators to parts stores, or even the dealerships yet.
I love this little car. Race red hatchback, SE, manual trans with Sport Package (for 4 wheel disk brakes).
Other than the above fault, and the fact that the Continental tires put on it from the factory needed to be replaced at 25,000 miles, the car has been perfect.
Great handling, responsive steering, and nice light clutch and relatively short throw make throwing the car around corners a blast. Horsepower is sufficient, but it is rather low on torque. It's not going to win any races, but it's fun to drive.
I bought the car for the better fuel mileage and am very happy with it, mixed driving (2 lane 55mph, city, and highway 70mph) I average between 35-38 MPG per tank. Long highway miles in the absence of mountains achieves 39.
One complaint would be that it needs a 6th gear. It's around 3000 RPM at 70mph, which explains why the auto has better highway fuel economy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th September, 2013