Fun to drive, but cheaply made, and tends to have transmission problems
The automatic transmission went out at 91,000 miles. It's stuck in 1st gear, and occasionally shifts to 2nd, with a hard clank. Our mechanic thinks it's a fault inside the trans, as it won't even shift manually. Estimated repair cost is more than the resale price.
A/C condenser has a leak.
Tie rods needed to be changed on the front wheels at 80,000.
Evaporator valve changed at 81,000.
Flexible link on exhaust changed.
Since we bought this car, it gave us nothing but headaches until finally the transmission died. This was the one aspect of the car that we were worried about, but didn't expect it to happen so soon.
From the start the dealer was not helpful. The car had a loud noise coming from the engine; the dealer claimed a cracked manifold ($1000 repair), when it fact it was just the flexible link on the exhaust ($80).
Multiple issues with check engine light/air bag, such as the evaporator, seat belt tensioner and misfire.
Though this car was cheap to purchase, we have already sunk almost 1/2 the purchase price into it with misc repairs. After the transmission went out, it's time to get rid of the car and take the loss.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th August, 2011