Good first car or fuel-efficient commuter
Small oil leak that I have been unable to locate so far.
My first car since getting my license, and I am not disappointed. I bought the car from a private owner and, came to find out later, paid far more than it was worth.
The tires needed to be replaced, as did the oil, oil filter, spark plugs, distributor, rotor, and wires. It also had no air filter and wouldn't pass smog until all of that was replaced and the timing was set properly. Then again, I guess that would be considered standard maintenance when the previous owner just drove it half to death.
Since then, though, I have had no complaints whatsoever, aside from the comments from my friends that it looks like a piece of junk. It definitely has some get-up-and-go, despite the fact it's twenty years old and so small.
When I went searching for my first car, I didn't expect much at all, but I have been pleasantly surprised by this little hatchback. I would definitely recommend that, if you can find one, to get it as a first car, a learning car, or something to drive in place of your brand new sports car to keep mileage down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th April, 2007