They should build the big, expensive cars as well as they do this little bug
Water pump replaced.
Timing belt replaced when the water pump went out, due to a mechanic's suggestion that the belt be replaced every 60,000 miles. I had no knowledge if it had ever been replaced.
Changed/replaced the clutch at 135,000 miles. Mechanic told me the transmission fluid should be dumped every 10,000 miles due to the fact there is no transmission filter. They found some metal "filings" in the transmission when the fluid was changed.
The vehicle is light and tends to blow around, on the highway, in relatively moderate winds.
Temperature of the vehicle sees to climb, somewhat, when climbing hills.
Excellent fuel mileage.
Car starts every time, all the time, and quickly at that! Even in very cold weather!
Even when the engine is cold it runs like a warm engine, accelerating very good. Within 3 minutes it's up to running temperature if driving.
Braking is good.
Good acceleration. Very "peppy-little-engine"!
Good steering, and steering radius.
Handles road "bumps", good.
You can park it virtually anywhere. Especially supermarket parking lots where shopping carts stick out 4-5 feet in front of you.
If you put the front seat, on the passenger side down, you can lay lumber across the seat up to 8 feet in length, where it reaches the rear of the car. Here, in California, I've put 12 foot lengths of lumber in it! (You're allowed 4 feet past the rear of the car, in California, if you "red flag" the projecting object. I was, also, able to put 4x6 foot pieces of sheetrock, and plywood, in the back, with the top down! The back width of the cars interior is approximately 4ft.1in. I've carried bricks, cement, and construction tools in the car. Some of this weight doesn't seem to effect the performance of the car! It's a handy car for "running around town", but isn't recommended for long distance Interstate trips!
Front wheels seem to stay aligned without the need for much attention.
Tires wear very evenly.
Reasonably quiet inside the convertible-type, but there is some noise.
Good electrical system.
Good finish on the car after years of exposure to the elements.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th November, 2001