Great car, I am very happy
Inner tie rod, $25.
Intake manifold leak - fixed with liquid copper, $10.
ABS control module - $100 at scrap yard.
Exhaust leaks, $20 for 4 exhaust flanges for mid pipe.
Power window switch - just opened it up and cleaned all contacts with electrical cleaner - $5.
Headlights were foggy, bought 3M restoration kit - $35.
The radio kind of froze, and none of the controls worked, so I got another at a scrap yard, $40.
This is a very comfortable car. It is far, far, far more comfortable than my Lincoln Mark 8.
It is also extremely reliable, and I actually like the SOHC engine sound more than the DOHC engine in my Mark 8 - it reminds me of the old flat head Ford motors from back in the day.
The main reasons I bought this car are the price, its comfort, it's a 4 door, there's lots of trunk room, and a trailer hitch for towing. It also feels a lot safer than the Mark 8, because it feels higher up, with a bigger car feel. The Mark 8 was a 2 door, and a pain to have more than 2 people in, and I could never fit anything in it, because it was a small car (storage and feeling wise, kind of like my Miata).
Lots of room, interior and trunk.
Very quiet around town.
Floaty feeling suspension.
As reliable as my old Civic.
Easy to fix.
Much better MPG than my Mark 8.
Parts are dirt cheap for MOOG Problem Solvers or Raybestos professional/advance tech.
Rear suspension jumps around when taking a corner and hitting a bump - a little unnerving.
Braking lacks compared to my Mark 8, immensely - will install EBC Red Stuff next time, not Motorcraft.
Power is decent, but wish it had the DOHC engine for the power.
Handling does NOT inspire confidence to take a corner any faster, although it corners flat and does not wallow at all. It could be the tires though.
It feels like a really big car when parking, even though it's around the same dimensions as my Mark 8. The sides and hood are deceiving with the shape, as you think you have less room than you do. For the first month, I always still had like 3 feet of room, when from the driver's seat I thought I had less than a foot. The trunk feels small because of the almost flat rear window when parking. On the road it feels fine though, I have no problem driving in downtown Toronto traffic (which isn't that bad TBH).
Overall, I love this car more than the Mark 8 though. The positives outweigh the negatives by far.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd February, 2012