Engine emits taping noises with firing of cylinders.
Suspension squeaks on large speed bumps.
Rusting has caused many problems. Rust has developed over the top of nearly every door frame, and is causing seals to fail, creating a leaking problem in wet weather. Rust appears to be eating away at the metal support beams which reinforce the roof. I fear that this may weaken the cars frame strength. Carpets get soaked during driving in heavy rain, the cause is unknown; however, it is likely a seal has failed in the tire wells by rust and/or corrosion. Nearly every door has rust around the lower corners. Plastic protection decals have rusted, allowing holes to develop inside the door frame. Area around fuel tank cover is beginning to rust, which in my opinion is a major safety hazard. Headlights are rusting from the inside. In summary, the body of the car is in shambles.
Seat belt buckles are beginning to jam, and forgive me if I'm wrong, was there not a recall for this particular problem? Front seat belts no longer have the "quick lock" affect when you pull quickly on the top portion of the belt, which is another safety factor.
Radiator erodes like sand on a beach, but still provides the engine with cool fluid.
Windshield wiper assembly, located in steering column, has failed and needs replacing.
Rear seat has no head rests, and appear to only have the ability to recline to a ninety degree angle. The brace, which holds the rear seat to the ground, has cracked and I can almost completely remove the rear seat from its mount.
Despite it's age and cosmetic problems, it still has the heart of a tiger.
Still gets good fuel economy.
Potent 1.5 liter engine can still give Toyota cars a run for the money, even though they are 2003 models.
Handling is unmatched, as well as its turning radius.
Good car for fitting through tight situations.
Great deal of cargo room with back seat down.
Did I mention its reliable?
Overall value is unmatched.