A good, cheap, reliable basic truck that is cheap and easy to maintain
Clutch wobbling at 10000 miles, factory defect and warranty fix.
Engine oil leak (dealership error with oil filter). Fixed under warranty.
Serpentine belt and tensioner at 40000 miles.
The 3.0L V6 starts easily and accelerates well, especially with the 5 speed. Gas mileage hovers around 20-22 mpg with the 6.
The 5 speed shifts easily and has smooth clutch action, better than most American cars I've driven. It's geared for low end torque and pulling power. So, while the truck won't win a lot of races, it will definitely pull a rated load without slowing down.
Handling is nimble and good for a truck, at the expense of ride, which is punishing at best. Noise level is fairly low, and there are still no rattles and squeaks almost 7 years later.
Seating is adequate at best for two. The cab is tiny and cramped, although fine for one or two commuting.
Climate control and the controls at large are logically laid out and easy to use. They're very similar to the Ford Explorer and the Taurus. Everything is within easy reach of the driver.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2010