Fantastically reliable, cheap, dependable transportation for any time of year
Gas tank started leaking at about 140000 miles, this was because the previous owner had stored it with only 2/3 of a tank for a few months. Only cost me $200 to fix at my local garage (Tank: $150 new, Labor: $50)
Suspension linkage bolt is loose. Had the mechanic look at it and told me not to worry, that I could run the car that way until it died.
Stereo is spotty, it works when it feels like it (it's the original stereo from 1993). I remedied this with an mp3 player and FM transmitter.
Trunk leaks. I have yet to find out where but it's not at the top of my to-do list as it really doesn't affect the car in any way.
...trying to think of more but I can't, this little thing's a tank :)
Bottom line, this car is fantastic. I recently graduated from college and needed something to get around, luckily my grandfather found this little gem hiding in the Bronx... FOR FREE! That being said, for the price of the car it's nearly impossible to say anything bad about it.
I get at least 27MPG, even in the cold of upstate New York.
Insurance is dirt cheap, costs me about $30 per month.
Handles like a champ in the snow, drive it responsibly and you WILL NOT go off the road.
Highway speeds are no problem. Shortly after I received the car, my girlfriend and I drove down to Florida (3000 mile round trip), and the only problem we encountered was the left front wheel going bad because I was a dunce and hadn't gotten it replaced when I knew it needed to be. The rest of the trip was without incident, 70-80MPH the entire way, no problem.
It's certainly not a fast car, nor does it handle like a sports car, but neither of these things matter to me as I have a motorcycle for my speed needs.
If you need cheap, reliable transportation that will get you from A to B with simple oil changes and basic TLC, this is the car for you. It's not flashy, the paint isn't shiny, and you won't get 16 year old kids giving you compliments, but then again, it also won't force you to take out a personal loan just to pay for it. So depending on what matters to you, the car may or may not be what you're looking for.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2010