An expensive mistake
I had a lot of problems with this car. I bought it thinking that it was reliable, but now I know better.
The cup holders where hot glued in at first. I didn't notice this until after I purchased the car.
Belts seemed to wear badly.
Wipers on the car are horrid.
Anything electronic seemed like it could die at any time. Even the clock had back light problems. The power window switches worked half the time, same with the driver side locks.
This car has by far the worst transmission I have ever had in a car. Recently it started to slip after 50 miles of driving. Doesn't seem like a transmission problem, more of a electronic one, such as the temperature control on the valve cover. A transmission job on this car is $2500. Ford had bad luck with these cars.
The car ran hot, all the time. I heard the V-6 models are worse though.
It was a nice looking car. Lots of problems though.
Comfortable for being small, and fully loaded which was nice.
A great gas car. Even at 150,000 miles, I could get 30mpg out of it. As long as you take care of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th April, 2004