14th Sep 2010, 20:30

Replaced front pads. Still squealy. Going to try drum shoes next.

Good news. I got 365 miles from a topped off tank.

18th Sep 2010, 14:19

Drum shoes by Wagner. Squealing gone!

Steering wheel cover makes the steering wheel feel less puny.

The more I drive this car, the more fun I have in it.

10th Oct 2010, 18:42

I don't like the ratios of the manual transmission. Every 10mph, you need change gear; 2nd at 10 to 20mph, 3rd at 20 to 30 mph, 4th at 30mph to 40mph, and 5th gear at 40mph to 50, 60, 70, but when the car goes on the freeway at 60 mph and 3000 rpm, I hear too much motor noise. I have a 2011 1.6 manual transmission with 5 gears.

On the first gas change, it made 360 miles on 10 gallons of gas; 36 miles per gallon.

28th Oct 2010, 14:44

The squealing on my brakes came back. I guess I'll try and change the drums.

15th Nov 2010, 12:09

If you have had to change manufacturer's brake parts and CD for after market alternatives in a new car, aren't you a little unhappy?

18th Nov 2010, 12:59

Yeah I'm a little unhappy with the squealy brakes. But the engine is solid. It gets decent MPG. It's an a to b car to get myself and my kids to daycare and work.

I was going to replace the stereo anyways.

It has power locks and keyless entry and cruise control, A/C, power windows.

So it's not a bad car.

17th Jun 2011, 08:52

I have the 1.6 also. Good on gas, but definitely you are at 3500 RPMs at 70mph. They should have had 6 speeds or better gearing with the 1.6. It is a good A to B car though, and gets great mileage, especially on long trips. 42mpg on long highway trips even.

1st Sep 2011, 16:23

Yes, it is a silicone grease. But be careful, some brake pads have a coating on the back side that is supposed to prevent squealing. That coating can get damaged by the silicone compound.

If you change the pads and shoes, you also should change the hardware kits, as they play a role in preventing brake noise.

The reviewer already changed the drums, so he may try changing the shoes and hardware kits.