Excellent Mileage and Reliability. Will not die!
Clutch, master bearing needed replacing at 125,000 miles.
Has lived most of it's life in New England, and is showing a fair amount of rust.
Alternator, brakes, tires replaced; though not more often than any other car I've owned.
This car has been a pleasure to own. Although it has only 2 seats, it has quite a bit of cargo space for it's size. It'll fit an 8' beam inside (though not so easily with a passenger!), and I even managed to fit my good-sized recliner inside it and close the hatch.
It gets great mileage which varies widely with temperature and tire quality. The mileage sways 40 to 50 MPG over temperature (20 degrees F to 90 degrees F) and about 5 MPG depending on the tire rolling resistance. The best I've achieved is 52 MPG, octane grade does not seem to affect mileage.
It's great in the snow, and handles pretty well. This car is NOT fast. It's light, but also has only 60-something horsepower, making it quite sluggish.
Rust is a problem if you are in an area with snow/salt.
I'm rolling over 200,000 miles this week, and I torture it in general. The car just won't die- maybe in the next 100k miles...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2001