1.6 carby engine is fairly gutless unless you give it some punch from the start, don't try hard acceleration after a slow start... flooring the pedal does Nothing!!
The engine is fine getting around town and cruising at highway sped, but if you get into trouble, it's hard work getting out, dropping gears and gaining revs before any decent acceleration.
1.8 injected model would be much nicer.
Fuel economy is great, as good as my '78 Civic 1.3.
Body is the best, I have a few dents, thanks to "lovely" people who don't know how to 90 degree park, and don't leave any details when they hit you.. but paintwork is solid no lifting and no bare metal (yet, touchwood)
Appearance is excellent, the model is obscure enough that lowering and adding fatter tyres make it almost unique, these are the only mods made (ie no plastic body kit), yet the front scoop looks quite racecar like.. and the angle of the body makes the car appear lower at the front than the back...
Looks fast - goes slow...
With wide tyres and harder suspension, the car IS on rails, and out-corners anything.
Power Steering gives really good feedback, but the car is still light as a feather...
Cabin is fine, nothing glitzy, and nothing to break down.
Factory Airconditioning takes the tiny amount of performance from the engine... Its my Turbo button... if I want speed, turn off the aircon and Whooosh!!! (well, OK that's exaggerating, but there is a noticeable difference)
The Aircon is also quite slow (possibly in need of re-gassing) takes a good 15 minutes to get COLD, it starts cooling after 30 seconds (I'm guessing after cooling all the ductwork first)...but after that, you're still sweating for another 15 minutes because the cooling effect is only marginally higher than the solar radiation streaming through the glass (the black dash really soaks up heat). Probably better to have tinting.
Once it's cold, you can turn it down.. unfortunately, I'm not usually in the car for much longer than 30 minutes per trip, thus don't see much benefit...
Legroom at the back, is OK for city trips, but too cramped for comfortable country driving.
My next car will have a 1.8, apart from that I'm very happy and 2 years later, my resale value is around the same as I paid. Smiles all around..