Great bang for your buck
Wipers stopped working.
Radiator was weak - overheated in heavy traffic.
When in the rain, the car wanted to die... but would hang on. Barely.
I loved this car. It was my first car, but I have owned/driven dozens of cars since, and I stand by my Mercedes. If you are looking for a low cost up front, expensive to maintain car... this is your dream.
The handling is tight... and the engine would not die. I was a young woman, driving the car hard. It was not well maintained and the thing would not die. Non-essential things would become problematic - and were not cheap to fix, but the engine always started up.
This car feels like an extension of the driver. So if you have a "cushion" in savings for misc repairs, that can wait if needed, this car is perfect. MPG was 20-25 in the city.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd July, 2011