A great $500 beater. Got more than $500 worth!
No maintenance was done by the previous owner. Associated problems as can be expected by not replacing oil/tranny fluid/radiator fluid, etc.
Brakes were likely never replaced. Needed replacement @ about $400CDN.
Leaks oil with 5W30 all over the place. Switched to 10W30, and not a drop escapes.
Heater core is cooked. Blows radiator fluid into cab. Threw jar of leak sealer into the rad instead of replacing the heater core. $3.50 instead of $400...
This is a great car. I admittedly have babied it out of necessity more than anything. I am a student, and can't afford for this car to die on me. My wife liked it way more than me, because I hate automatics. But I have spent a bit of time and money on it, and can see the value in it. It is very simple, and a great car to tinker with. I have taught myself to replace the spark plugs, wires, thermostat. I have changed the oil, flushed the rad, and some other tinkering here and there. The plan is to keep it running, and when I get a decent vehicle, sell it to some student for $5 with a new stereo installed, and all fluids replaced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2002