A reliable, roomy, and economical box!
- Wheel bearing.
I've only owned the vehicle for 9,000 miles. I don't consider this enough miles to do a thorough review. However, I have had no problems with this vehicle. When purchased, I was averaging 32 MPG, which is better than the EPA's estimated MPG. After I changed the transmission fluid to fully synthetic Royal Purple and the engine to fully synthetic oil, I now average between 34 and 37 MPG.
The bad: it is very slow when getting up to freeway speeds. The seats can be very uncomfortable on a long drive. The gearbox can be a bit stiff when shifting into first and reverse. The "Check Engine" light would stay on for about 30 seconds, but it was attributed to the fact that the oil life tracking must be reset during every oil change.
I have done regular maintenance such as oil changes, front brake pads, etc. It is due for a wheel bearing and tires.
There is a massive amount of headroom that a professional basketball player would love. There are absolutely no blind spots like most new cars have. This vehicle is very comfortable to steer, and the steering is tight.
I went shopping and bought a 60-gallon air compressor, groceries, and tools, and a child in a car seat still managed to fit with everything in there with one of the rear seats down. I even have a trailer hitch on mine to pull a small trailer.
This is probably the most practical vehicle out there. Before I purchased it, I did plenty of research, and at the time I saw forum posts with users that have obtained well over 200,000 miles, and some over 300,000 miles.
I'm hoping to get at least half a million miles out of it. I would recommend purchasing one as they are going for a cheaper price now days ($4,000 - $8,000).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th November, 2013