Extended Warranty is a MUST
31,800 - Noticed that none of the individual doors' power windows worked, unless controlled from the driver's door. I took it back to the dealer the next day to be fixed.
32,000 - Same problem with the windows. They died after being repaired.
34,500 - Windows again, this time only the driver's window was dead. Motor had to be replaced.
36,400 - Turning on the air conditioning sometimes causes odorless smoke to come from all vents (even vents not selected). Have not had this to the dealer yet.
Grinding noise coming from the front wheels. At first I suspected the brakes. After reading reviews here, I now suspect the tires (which need to be changed soon anyway).
Paint is thinly applied, and is peeling from the front and rear bumper.
Owned for only a few months, yet the transmission seems to be shifting much less smoothly now. If this develops into a problem, thank god for an extended warranty (6yr 100k).
Where to begin? I didn't want to post too soon on a car I've owned for only a couple of months, but felt at this point, I could at least give a decent impression on the car. Here are the main highlights I've noticed.
+Exterior styling - Very slick, in my opinion.
+Handling - Driven many cars and this one is in the upper tier in handling.
+Acceleration - Pleasing for a 4 cylinder, comparable to some V6s.
-Shaky at speeds over 65mph (The Taurus developed this after 80k miles, the grand Am developed this before I owned it).
-Automatic Transmission doesn't seem to shift when you'd expect or want it to. Accelerating from 55-70 is like driving in the mud, especially with the air conditioning turned on.
-Birds like to poop on it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd August, 2003