High quality, comfortable, nice to drive
I have had to replace the clutch, several ball joints, the exhaust system, and and most expensive was the transmission which was rebuilt when it became noisy.
I have the 4-door variety, and the hatchback would be a more practical choice for carrying large items.
It is an incredibly solid, well built car.
When I give it a good cleaning it looks practically new.
It was always well cared for, and that helps. These cars become very expensive to own very quickly when the regular maintenance has been neglected.
The seats are very comfortable and the visibility is outstanding.
The car handles and rides quite well, and is great on snow.
Four adults fit inside quite comfortably.
The power is adequate.
The ergonomics of the major controls are outstanding. Radio, climate controls, ashtray, shifter, etc. are all easy to see and very close to the steering wheel. I can change stations and adjust the volume on the radio and adjust the heat/AC without taking my hand completely off the steering wheel. No other car I have driven has these controls so well laid out.
The Shifter is a little vague and the reverse lock-out needs to be adjusted regularly. I have learned to find 5th gear without the spring and I don't bother getting the reverse lock adjusted anymore.
The heated seats still work and are great to have.
The trunk is adequate, but as said earlier, the hatchback models are better for large/bulky items.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd March, 2006