I have had this car since 2003, and I have never had any serious issues with it. This is a great little car that I love taking on long road trips up and down steep mountains. Out on the highway I do notice a high pitched whistling if the wind catches it just right, but I just turn up the stereo and drive.
However, I have had some problems with the car. The dash lights have never worked since I got it. They work maybe 90% of the time. They don't like to come on when I first turn them on, but if I pound on the dash board they will come on.
The other problem is the power steering fluid. It was always using tons of fluid and my family thought that wasn't normal. They believe the problem is with the hose, and we will replace the hose soon.
So far, I have only had 2 major repairs. All four tires have been replaced twice. The first set was from the manufacture and blew out about two years after I bought the car. So I got my second set which I replaced last year because they had worn out. The other repair on the car was replacing the battery, gaskets, spark plus, timing belt, dry belts, water pump, and air filter. My family did all of these repairs ourselves and now the car is in better condition than before we did the repairs. Before the repairs, the car would shake really violently when I was sitting at a stop light or sign. Now, it doesn't shake at all and my family says it purrs like a kitten.
My biggest complaint has nothing to do with the car, but with the dealership who sold me the car. After I had the car about a year, I took it in to get some recalls taken care of and I mentioned the dash lights to them. They said they couldn't find a problem with the dash lights and said there was nothing they could do. I suspect they didn't want to do anything because the car was still covered under factory warranty, and they would have lost money fixing the problem.
Then a few months ago I took the car back to the dealer because the air conditioner went out, and I mentioned to them to check the power steering fluid. They were able to fix the air conditioner and didn't charge me for it. Instead they charged me for a diagnostic they ran that said the belts needed to be replaced and that the entire steering system need to be replaced at an estimated cost of $2,000. Whatever! I don't know where they got the crazy idea the entire system needed to be replaced just because the power steering fluid needs to be refilled every couple of months. Then they had the nerve to say that the new system will last the life of the car, and yet they never said why the original system won't last the life of the car. Plus, they just told all of this to my dad and never made eye contact with me and acted like I wasn't in the room. They were very rude and were just trying to milk $2,000 out of us.
Well we weren't born yesterday. We replaced everything ourselves, and next is the hose for the power steering, which was only $13 at our local auto parts store. Once that is replaced, I am confident the car will be fine, perhaps even better than it was when I got it.