Possibly the best car ever made
Very little has gone wrong with my truck since I bought it 15 years ago.
The vinyl seat started to look bad after about 6 years.
Last year (after 14 years), one of the links from the front sway bar rusted in two, resulting in an occasional popping noise when I drove over railroad tracks or something like that. It was easily fixed.
The front bumper developed a severe rust problem and pretty much disintegrated. I replaced it with a $90 bumper I bought online.
The back bumper looked fine for 12 years, until I installed a ball hitch on it and pulled my (~2000 lb.) camper to the lake one summer. By that point, the bumper was essentially a cake made completely out of rust, with a nice-looking painted shell. The twisting and pulling associated with towing the camper caused the bumper to disintegrate.
Once, immediately after an oil change, I started it up, and noticed a loud ticking sound coming from a lifter. I shut it off and restarted it, and the noise never reappeared.
This is one of the coolest vehicles I have ever owned. It's slow as dirt, barely able to maintain a speed of 70mph without feeling like its straining. It gets about 22mpg, and isn't the most comfortable ride. But I really like it.
I put it into semi-retirement about 6 years ago when I bought a better car for my highway commute. It doesn't see much action now, but it's still a favorite car for not only me, but my wife and my son. It's the vehicle we choose when going out for a nice drive in the evening. Especially now that the muffler has rusted off. It's very entertaining to drive with all of the cool rumbling and backfiring on the overrun.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th June, 2008