Reliable, affordable, and great on gas at 234K! Doesn't get better than this!
Low performance in DX model (in other words, she takes her time getting up to speed - nothing worse than your typical minivan, though)
Oil covering spark plugs at 205K that requires engine rebuild to repair permanently; replaced spark plugs and she runs great for the short term!
Replaced pads, rotors and calipers at 202K (no idea what previous maintenance was)
Replaced PS wheel bearing at 202K.
DS wheel bearing now needs replacing at 234K.
Seat belt buckles are worn out and need replacement - seat belt does not stay clicked in (dangerous)
Uses some oil (about 1/2 quart per 4000 miles)
LOL -- I'm taking bets on just how long this lil trooper is going to last! I absolutely ADORE this car! =)
Interior is NOT spacious, but TONS of trunk space (surprisingly)
GREAT gas mileage - usually averaging 45 or better per gallon.
Starts up and goes down the road despite having a valve gasket leak (I think?) causing oil to drip into the spark plugs.
Steering is still nice and tight in spite of the high mileage; Drives nice and straight.
Had replacement parts before I got her; new radiator, new alternator, new timing belt, etc... ALL REGULAR MAINTENANCE.
Purchased for $1000 and have only put about $500 into her (brakes, wheel bearing, tires). Have another $200 for the bearing that needs replacement yet. Not bad for her age and mileage. And she STILL has a good resale value, all things considered.
Clutch is nice and strong, tranny good and strong, engine strong, but gets a little rough exactly at 3000 oil change intervals. She definitely 'tells' me when she's due.
WHAT MORE CAN BE EXPECTED FROM A CAR WITH THIS KIND OF MILEAGE?!?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th August, 2007