Well worth the money, if treated right
Thermostat needed to be replaced. $69.
Tape deck wouldn't play on both sides of the car so I replaced the entire deck. $180.
Alternator went out due to a power surge. $180 (rebuilt)
Mega-fuse also went out due to the same power surge. $5.
Passenger side window cables have kinked up. Need to replace the cables and housing. Est. $90+
Trunk leaks when I open it after a rain storm or car wash.
Timing belt needed to be replaced. $20 for parts. $268 for labor.
Fan motor switch burned up. Still haven't had it replaced yet. It has a recall so it will be free.
Cooling fan relay blown, need to replace it. $33.
Car overheats due to the relay being blown.
Cup holders broken. $25 to replace.
This car really surprised me with it's power for a four cylinder. It has 135 horsepower and 130 foot pounds of torque. It can really dish out the speed when I need it to. It even out performs some V6's.
The handling is the best of its class. I can take a sharp corner at a very fast speed and not worry about going off the road. Very sturdy.
Very comfortable on long trips. The seats seem to hug you. I've driven in this car for 14 hours straight and had no problem with pain. I always get compliments on it.
The back seats are not meant for anyone above 5 foot 8 inches in the back. It's really uncomfortable for anyone tall.
I have a really great gas mileage so it saves up. The reason this car would cost a pretty penny in the end is because of how expensive some of the parts for it can be. I've heard of people paying $100 for a battery and $500 for an alternator. That is nuts. I paid $200 for my alternator and less than $50 for my battery. People just need to shop around first and quit buying from the ford dealership first.
I used to own a 93' Eclipse and I had a lot of fun with it. When I got this car I was really disappointed with what I had chosen. The more I drive it, however, the more I love it. All my car needs is some tender loving care and I think she will last me a long time. Definately worth the price.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd January, 2003