Poor American Engineering
Another example of terrible American engineering. Have replaced the radiator several times, many CV boots, Heater core (still doesn't work), MAP (a $300 job was ripped off by mechanic), tumblers in driver-side door don't work, and many other small things.
-Engine had very loud valve tap lost pretty much all its compression around 125,000, had to be replaced with rebuilt engine.
-Trans went around 75,000 for previous owner and had to be replaced.
-A/C Clutch bearings went out and the compressor almost caught fire from the friction.
-There is a major problem in the front end. There is a grinding noise and severe play and wobble in the steering when cruising or accelerating. The wheel is also off-center. I guess it is a bearing or ball joint or something.
This car, although a workhorse, is designed terribly. The 4-cylinder engine is too large (2.5L) to run smoothly. At the same time, it doesn't have nearly enough power for the size of the car. It must be floored to maintain 40mph even when climbing reasonably small hills. Forget passing on 2-lane roads. The 3-speed auto trans is terrible and forces you to cruise at 4,000 rpm on the freeway. The throttle response is also extremely slow, as there is at least 1/2-1 second delay from when you press the gas to when you notice any major acceleration. I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone as there are too many small and large flaws in its design.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th September, 2003