A great little car!!!
Required new alternator at 60,000 miles.
During the first several years I had the car the brakes squeaked frequently and it seemed that I was replacing them every year. The dealer I bought the car from said they could not do anything about it. Then I took it to another dealer and I got them fixed the right way. Since I have not heard them squeak or have had to replace them that was 3 years ago!
Front passenger window became dislodged from its track and had to be fixed at 100,000 miles.
Very slow oil leak appeared at 100,000 miles. Not a problem with regular oil change.
Seat belt alarm goes off every once in a while. Does not occur often enough to pay to get it fixed.
Dashboard lights slowly blew out during the course of a few years. Cost about $100.00 to fix.
After 11 years of ownership the paint on the roof is rapidly showing its age.
Trunk lock stopped working with key after 80,000 miles. I need to use the interior latch to open trunk.
No major mechanical problems.
Hardware is still functional. No big problems. All windows, sliding sunroof, power locks and mirrors still working great.
Loses a lot of power with AC on. However the AC is very cold and even colder at highway speeds. The environmental controls are great and simple. Rear defogger is still in perfect working condition.
Gas mileage is very good 30/40 with medium grade.
The acceleration from a stop is not great, but it is quick to pick up speed in upper gears. From 50 to 70 is very quick. The engine pulls very well in the 3000 to 4500 rpm.
Cruise control works well and maintains speed, unless you are in a hilly area.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th August, 2002