Not the best vehicle I have ever owned, but definitely my favourite one
Engine mount at 80,000 miles.
Driver's side door lock at 80,000 miles.
Right power window motor at 84,000 miles.
Gas gauge at 124,000 miles.
Windshield cracked at 132,500 miles.
Left power window motor at 134,000 miles.
Still though, the engine and drivetrain have been very reliable. Still on the original clutch at 146,630 miles.
Original front brake pads lasted until 127,000 miles; the original rear brake pads lasted until 138,000 miles.
Other than these few issues above, I have been very happy with this vehicle. No car is perfect. I have owned it 10 years as of today.
It is roomy, useful (lots of cargo space), easy to park, and not that bad on gas (about 20 MPG city, 27 MPG highway). Fun to drive with the manual transmission.
Dealer service wasn't that great. I found an independent mechanic I trust. That is a better way to go. Given the problems with the windshields with this model and year, I am lucky my windshield lasted to 132,500 miles before cracking. The replacement windshield is doing well so far (knock on wood).
All in all, I love this vehicle and plan on keeping it until it dies.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd April, 2013