I bought this car for my sister. She is very hard on cars. She owned only Hondas and Toyotas in the past. I managed to get her in this, but she was not happy at first (it had no options, manual everything, she did not like that) but in the end she LOVES this car as do I.
I am a mechanic at Mercedes Benz. This car has a cheap interior, but it is a VERY reliable car. All we do is change the oil, do the brakes and service the fluids when we meet the required intervals.
It is a quick peppy car. I am not a fan of newer American cars, but Saturns I love; they are not very elegant, but they seem to be very reliable.
When I service this car for her, I see a quality built engine, a good shifting transmission, and I believe this car will easily go over 200,000 miles.
We have put over 60,000 miles on it since we got it from the first owner, and I must say this is more reliable then the Corollas or Accords she has owned, and she loves the car. I would recommend this car to anyone (after a Subaru Impreza :) )
I see a lot of complaints here, but I guess it's true that people only talk when things go wrong, so I'm sure there are 200 satisfied customers for every 1 negative comment you see here.