Just about zero problems whatsoever with the car. The only time it ever kept me from getting to where I wanted to go was when the thermostat stuck closed and had to be changed at 180000 miles.
Other regular fixes over the life of this car have been (and well worth it)...
Timing belts change every 90000 miles.
Alternator changes about every 200000 miles.
CV joints about every 4 to 5 years from the rubber wearing out and letting road grit into them.
Headlamp Wiper Turn Signal combo switch on the wheel wore, and was changed at about 300000 miles.
Carburetor rebuilt once sometime after 300000 miles also.
EGR emissions valve worked on a couple of times, and a couple of catalytic converters changed as well, though this may not apply as part of the car in some areas.
Once we did a pre-chamber service, which is the most major service without doing a valve job.
This is probably the best car I have ever owned. All of the above are very minor contributions in keeping such a pleasantly reliable and economical car running.
It has gotten a consistent 47 miles per gallon highway and 35 miles per gallon city even to this day, and this is not a hybrid vehicle.
I have done the normal things like getting new batteries and brakes once in a while, but this car is still on the original clutch and transmission as well.
Just cannot say enough good about this car! It has always passed smog tests with relative ease, and this is the first year it is having some difficulty, due probably to some carbon build-up, but the compression is still good! Because of the performance of this car, other friends and family members have bought almost a dozen cars from the same dealership.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th May, 2006