Sporty, great gas mileage, pretty low for insurance: overall a great starter car
My alternator went once, but from what I hear, that is common. The way to prevent this from recurring is to take the battery out (when your alternator goes) and do a slow trickle charge until it is completely recharged. This way the alternator doesn't struggle to do so and shorten it's life.
Part of the passenger power door mechanism broke (a plastic/nylon pulley). This was easily replaced by one at a junk yard. About $40, instead of $125 new.
This car runs great. It's 14 years old at this point and I get 33-34 miles to the gallon on the highway and about 29 miles to the gallon around town.
I've had to put almost no money into this car for repairs. I had to replace the passenger window when it was smashed in (they stole a book of about 200 Cd's). And just recently I had to replace a piece of trim from the center console, and my after market stereo when someone tried to steal the radio.
My only complaint about this car is that it's a target for theft because it's sporty and easy to "slim-Jim" the doors.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th July, 2003