Nice try, but it has not aged well at all
The car developed over heating problems.
Replaced the thermostat and radiator, but the problem persisted.
Replaced the water pump, which helped only a little. Overheating problem still persists (a very time consuming and tricky repair to replace the water pump; was quoted $1,000 AUD to repair, so had to do it myself. Not recommended unless you're very good with tools and have very dexterous hands).
Idle speed would jump up and down at random, and idle too fast, which reduced engine braking.
Now it will start and run only when cold, but accept no more than a fraction of throttle before it stalls. It's totally undrivable in this condition. Refuses to start at all when it's hot.
I'm reluctant to spend any more money on this car.
When working as the manufacturer intended, it is an OK car.
Comfortable and roomy.
Typical 90's Japanese front wheel drive handling, i.e. poor for an enthusiast, acceptable for a commuter.
The cooling system problems, and now the fact it won't run, have meant that I regret buying this particular model. Also engine bay access is terrible to put it mildly, and even basic maintenance is much more difficult than it is on say the Camry I used to own. This will be reflected in the price you will be quoted to repair the problems, that you will inevitably run into with this model and age vehicle.
Dear reader, you have been warned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th August, 2013