Basic super reliable and efficient car
Bought the car in 2001 with micro spots of rust above one of the fenders, one of the rear doors and the rear of the roof. For 2 of 4 years the car was kept out and the rust didn't spread at all, and I was always finding excuses to clean it.
For 3 years, from 2001 to 2003, the car required only regular maintenance: oil, brake pads, liquids and bulbs.
The radiator needed replacement and the rear brakes drums had to be tuned up in early 2004 at 185,000 km.
Feels softer than most of the other Japanese cars I had and tried during the years.
Has nice ground clearance, event-hough it's not All Wheel Drive and still handles well off road driving, including mud and steep roads.
The car is still with the original clutch, and all electrical and mechanical components are working just fine, including the radio cassette.
Looks and feels very basic (sometimes it's what I am looking for), extremely reliable and easy to maintain. My 17 year old son loves it better than the newer Honda Civic EX we have, since it's the beat-the-crap-out-of-it car.
Highly recommended for young drivers and outdoors people, or as a second car to carry home reno loads...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th August, 2004