I replaced all four struts in 2000.
The ignition switch went out on me twice within a couple of months.
The first week I had the car (bought it brand new from the dealer), the transmission went out on me. It wouldn't go into first gear.
New exhaust (not muffler) in 2001.
I have had the brakes done twice.
Filled the freon in 2001.
I have a love/hate relationship with my Storm. It has been reliable, yet there are so many things I would change if I had designed and manufactured this car myself.
I know it sounds trivial, but I hate the fact that there is no place to put a drink. None of the cup holders you can buy work because the padding at the bottom of the window is too thick, and I can't count how many times I have spilled something trying to wedge it between the seat and the emergency break.
Forget about having acceleration with the air conditioning on-it's horribly bogged down with it on.
The back seat is way to small and very difficult if you have a car seat. There is no way to put the car seat in the middle, so my daughter has to ride on one side and this makes me nervous if there was a side impact on her side of the car.
The rust is horrible.
The car is difficult to unlock in the winter.
The heat/air conditioning works great.
Pretty good stereo system.
The on/off/volume knob broke three times on me before my fiance replaced it with another vehicle model's.
The accelerator, break and clutch are positioned weird. If I move close enough to depress the clutch properly I am too close to the accelerator.
Definitely NOT a winter car. It does not like snow that is more than a few inches deep and seems to handle poorly.