Great performance and price, mediocre reliability
The entire e-brake assembly fell apart inside at around 8000kms.
Clutch master cylinder was pushed through the firewall at 17,000kms.
Intermediate Shaft needed to be replaced at 23,000kms.
Constant idle issues although this could be related to the dyno tune and mods on the car.
Trunk keeps opening on its own.
Transmission has some very sluggish shifts at times.
The car has impressive acceleration and handling especially for the money. The 2.4 responds well to bolt-ons, I have added Full exhaust, down-pipe, intake and then a dyno tune. This really woke up the engine.
Torque management is very annoying at times not allowing all the torque to the wheels.
Handling is very impressive, especially since I added 18" rims. Not to much dive into corners although my next upgrade will be improved stiffer springs.
The center console/armrest has got to be the poorest design ever, I am 6'0 and I cannot have the armrest down if I have to shift, its much to close to the shifter. Kind of defeats the purpose.
Gas mileage is great, usually around 9.5L/100km according to the computer. Premium fuel should be mandatory, but this can get expensive.
All in all not a bad car to look at, keeps pace with cars 5-10k more expensive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th September, 2008