Excellent value for looks and reliability
Clutch lasted 121,000 miles, which I think is excellent. Replaced with a kevlar coated racing clutch, which was not a difficult task according to the mechanic.
The starter had to be replaced at or around 95,000 miles, which I also thought was to be expected.
The air bag light stays on continuously since 60,000 miles.
Brake pads seem to last a long time on this car. Only had to be changed at 90,000.
The check engine light came on periodically after 80,000 miles, but now stays on indefinitely. I am told this may be due to a faulty oxygen sensor.
Neither light affects anything as far as driving safety goes.
The car has struts on all 4. These wore out fairly early on... 75,000. I have not replaced these because they are very very expensive (perhaps moreso than the cars current value). The ride is a little stiff and makes a harsh noise over speedy bumps (especially in cold weather) but this is bearable.
Speakers (the stock originals) pop and crack and need to be replaced, but are still usable if you lower the bass and treble.
This is an excellent car for reliability and looks. Gas mileage is also very good. It's an every day driver that doesn't require a lot of money for fixes. I change the oil every 3,000 miles and have since it was new. I think that extends the life of the car as much as anything.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2002