One of the best cars ever made!
This is one of the most reliable cars you will ever own! OK, so it's not a new BMW 7 series, but it's still a wonderful car to own.
The only issue I ever had was a relay went out for the shifter (auto). When it went out I was not able to shift into any gear (but button would not depress.) I discovered that there is a pop-out plug next to the shifter. Use something small to press in the button underneath and you'll be able to shift. WARNING! Your brake/tail lights will NOT work if you do this! I took it to the dealer the next day (very carefully; I used someone I knew behind me, and when I turned on the flashers, it meant I was slowing down :) ) I spent around $150 to fix the relay and haven't had it since.
I used an engine cleaner and it fouled up my spark plugs, but that was my fault. New plugs ($13) distributor cap & rotor ($30) and plug wires ($50) later, it fixed the problem. You'll have to do this stuff anyways if you read your service manual.
Just a caution: if you ever buy headlight bulbs that say they're higher than 55/60watts, watch out. I've passed inspections (Virginia is very strict) fine, but your stock wires can't handle the higher watts. They'll burn out a LOT more often than regular ones. Best Buy and Advance Auto Parts sell some good ones that will still give you the 'white/HID' look without burning out every 2-3 months.
Like I said a very reliable car. It's comfortable, but the seats will seem to get a little stiff on long car rides. (Pretty much normal anyways)
The car, ergonomically, is an 8. Everything is within reach (I'm 6'0") The trunk is large enough, but if not, you can flip the rear seat down. The air is cold when you want it. On a side note, remote start is a good investment with ANY car during the winter!
The only 'concern' that I have with the car, is I wish it was a 6 cyl. When you need to 'get up and go' in traffic (passing, etc.) it can be a little sluggish, but then again, it's the same with all 4 cyl.
Remember this one thing: your car burns gas; it runs on oil. As with any car, change your oil and filter (I use fully synthetic Mobile 1). Keep up with your service manual and change the plugs, air filter, all the good stuff.
All of the things listed above (except the relay) you can do yourself. I am by NO means a mechanic! Haynes is one of the best manuals you can ever have ($12)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th March, 2006