Beats rivals in styling and perks at the cost of some refinement and seating space
When I first got the car, oil was leaking from the timing chain seal (cost $800 non-dealer). I haven't had a single leak since then.
I replaced the belts at 100k, and also the brake pads. They were both squeaky when I purchased the car.
Clutch went out at about 105k miles (typical car repair - not problem).
Radiator had to be replaced at about 110k miles.
Tune-up done at 115k.
Alternator went out at 120k miles.
Distributor cap and spark plugs replaced at 127k.
Oil changes every 3,000 miles.
Manual transmission is not smooth and it's pretty noisy. This is not normal because I drove a manual trans '97 Altima that was very smooth.
Transmission hasn't had any problems that keep me from driving it though; I think it may have just been driven hard in the past.
After alignment, tire rotation, balancing, the car still shakes at 15-30 mph. Beyond that it drives smoothly.
Wind and road noise get bad at 70+ mph. This is probably normal.
I love the overall look of the car. The spoiler and the 5-spoke alloy wheels really bring out the round sporty styling of the 1990s.
The interior material quality, fit and finish of the car set it far apart from your typical cheap-plastic American car.
Little room in back to comfortably fit even two adults, but great for children.
The seats have no tears and only moderate signs of wear.
When detailed, the thing looks brand new!
It has good quality stock speakers.
One catch is that the car rattles in different parts of the interior at different rpms.
It is fun to drive and it handles fairly well.
When I first got the car I remember it being pretty quick off the line.
It seems to have lost some of its pep in the last few thousand miles.
The engine is very strong though. I think the fuel injectors need to be cleaned or it needs a variety of inexpensive maintenance tune-ups???
Overall very good car. For $1,000 it was well worth it and I would buy one again. Just make sure you do your homework and pick out the right one.
I recommend taking this or any other car to a trusted mechanic to make sure nothing serious is wrong with the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th January, 2009