A Slow, but fun first car
CV Joints - both.
Lower Engine Mount.
Rear Transmission Mount.
Lower Control Arm.
Wears tires like CRAZY!
I LOVED my Topaz! It was my first car, and, as such, I beat the crap out of it. Considering the beating it took, those problems there are minor. 3 Days ago, one cv joint finally let go, and I got a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier.
The gas mileage wasn't too hot (around 20mpg), but I do a lot of my driving in town and when I'm in the country I usually drive at 120+.It didn't accelerate too fast (probably a good thing, being my first car and all) but it would get up to 170 km/h if you stayed on it long enough.
Seats aren't the greatest for long trips, but most of my travelling is short (pizza delivery).
I fell in love with it, and am sad to see it go, but it was time.
I think that the motor will run forever, the oil got changed once a year until just recently.
Handles pretty well, but after I bent the control arm, it understeered pretty badly (in this car, the best technique seems to be brake hard before the turn, then gun it around the turn).
The automatic transmission started leaking a year ago, probably from my abuse.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th April, 2002