Good looking, reliable car!
Since I've had the car, my main problem has been the brakes. They have become very mushy and every attempt has been made to adjust them (e.g., bleeding the lines). The engine also seems to have a mind of its own sometimes and downshifts or revs up while I'm driving. You can literally see the RPMs on the tachometer jump up and down.
Everything else has been very minor. I have had to replace all my wheel covers because the stock covers had plastic tabs which easily broke. They would fly off when I was driving (almost caused an accident once) I have seen many of these cars without wheel covers. I have had to put seat covers on the front seats because the fabric was starting to wear badly (this was within the first two months of having the car). One running light and the interior ashtray light are out.
Overall, I have found this car to be very reliable. Very few problems. So far it has been low maintenance.
I have had many people comment on the sporty good looks of my car. I've noticed that if you don't take care of the exterior (washing, waxing, etc.) it can tend to start looking pretty shabby.
The windows tend to leak air and can make a lot of noise in the passenger area. They also let in water when it rains. They don't have a very good seal.
Great little commuter car--it gets excellent gas mileage and the small size means I can park just about anywhere.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th July, 2004