Cheap reliable car, if you look after it
The air-con died last summer and the auto mechanic says will take between $200 - $1500 to fix it, depending on when leak springs up next.
Engine guzzles oil, takes approx 0.5 liters a month.
Fan has occasion problems (turns itself off when on setting three).
Some hoses have had to be replaced recently due to perishing, namely heater hose into the cabin, and carburettor coolant hose.
Needs often self maintenance (oil, filters etc) or else power, economy and performance drop.
Fuel economy is fantastic - doing the run to and from University I can get by with filling it up twice a month, however when run in "Economy mode" (different gear ratios) it barely has the power to get itself moving. Better to use "Economy" as an overdrive on the highways.
Power leaves a lot to be desired (even in "power mode"), however being a teenager I tend to drive like one. The colt won't be out dragging anyone. (but it sounds like it could).
No serious rust as yet, but I have seen it as a big problem in other Colts.
Great handling, and easy to park. Great fun to drive.
Best thing of all, it's cheap as - picked it up for $1000.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th September, 2003