Ultimate economic value
Oil gasket began to leak at 60,000 miles after I drove the Al-can hwy.
Alternator had to be replaced at 80,000 miles after freezing up at -40 degrees.
Automatic door locking mechanism shorted out in an ice storm, but I never liked that feature anyway.
Driver's door window guide broke and no longer properly seats the window when it is rolled down and then up again. A result of repeatedly shutting the door with the window down. (6 months rural route paper delivery)
Replaced timing belt at 85000 miles.
Replaced headlights at 90000 miles.
Picks up a lot of static electricity and can generate a nasty shock after only a short drive in dry climates.
This car has been a perfect car for a struggling college student.
It got 50 city/60 highway mpg when I bought it, and now gets 45 city/53 highway mpg.
Liability insurance only costs me $20/month.
This car is very reliable and tough. I made weekly trips from Seattle, WA to Moscow, ID from 1998-2000, and since then I have made 4 cross country trips from Ft. Lewis, WA to Ft. Irwin, CA to Ft. Wainwright, AK to Ft Benning, GA to Ft. Knox KY, and back to Ft. Lewis. I have abused it in California's desert, Alaska's tundra, Georgia and Kentucky's mud, and Washington's rain. It has met every challenge.
I could not have bought a better vehicle, and despite the laughs I get when I get passed on hills, the laugh is on them when they have to stop for gas. I once made the trip from Moscow to Seattle without a single gas stop on only 10 gallons.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2003