Not the perfect car, but an excellent choice for your first car
Head gasket blew at 80,000 miles.
Power steering rack began to leak at 80,000 miles.
It's really not that bad. After I fixed the head gasket and power steering rack, the car has been fine. It runs pretty well and never hesitates to start.
It has a lot of acceleration for only 130 BHP; it easily makes it from 0-60 in about 10 seconds, which doesn't sound impressive, but it is for a 14-year old car with 80,000 miles.
Its handling is decent, but it does have quite a bit of understeer, odd for a front-wheel-drive car. I was surprised at how sure-footed it is in the snow. It never had any trouble going through 6 inches of snow on a twisty backroad, and that was with sport tires. It's no Subaru, but it handles a New England winter with the best of them.
Overall, I'm very happy with it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd July, 2009