Best bang for the buck in the used car marketplace
Nothing has gone wrong with the car so far. But since I have owned it, I have done a bunch of work on it. I replaced all the front suspension bushings with polyurethane ones from TM engineering, front rotors, front brake pads, brake fluid flush, spark plugs, transmission fluid and pan, fog light, oil change.
The biggest upgrade has been the polyurethane bushings. I read a lot about these having that highway speed vibration and braking wobble under hard braking, and being very floaty. I had all those issues, and they HAVE ALL BEEN CURED WITH THE POLYURETHANE BUSHINGS!!! If you own this car, get these bushings; the car now glides and handles 100% better. When I brake, the car actually stops, no steering wheel wobble, no need to worry about hitting the car in front. Gone is all the highway vibration, and the car tracks beautifully.
The only downside to polyurethane bushings is I have heard that they squeak, but the cure is have a good mechanic install them, and have them use silicone grease and nothing else. They will not squeak if greased properly, and if they ever do in the future, just periodically spray a bottle of white lithium grease and you are good to go.
I actually considered selling my car because it handled so sloppily. Even backing out of the driveway, there was the floaty feeling. But now I know how this car was built to handle, and it actually rides better than before. This car glides over the road now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th August, 2011