My 1997 has been a wonderful car. For the price and features, it's hugs the consumer investment category. I have had absolutely no problems with it at 10 years old. Regular oil changes and 2 or 3 tune-ups.
It is at 50K miles and the wind has never hit me in the face at 6'1" tall when the T-Tops are out.
Having only read 1 complaint about the car speaks volumns. The class and size of this car category has not been beat. I can't think of a car this size that performs as well.
Keeping mine until it dies if I can out last it.
I wrote the original review. I bought the car on ebay for its looks - which I still love. Admittedly, I should have driven one first. If I had enough covered storage, I'd keep it. If it had a manual transmission, I'd have been much happier with it. I've read that the automatic transmission really makes it sluggish. I could pedal faster than the X-90 will move. I plan to get rid of it soon, and find something that can manage 0-60 in less than 60 seconds.
P.S. If you want to see really harsh comments, check out the book "Crap Cars".
These things are bullet-proof.
Buying a car without a test-drive is never good... I don't even view that as an option.
You MUST try before you buy.
It's my understanding that the manuals are a little quicker than the autos. However, autos are nice if you're going to go someplace where it is very hilly.
I own a 1996 X90 & find it to be a great little car. I have modified mine & now 5 friends have found X90's as well. We built them up much like Jeep owners do to their vehicles. Except our X90's will out perform most Jeeps. Lighter, turn sharper, far more dependable & get better mph as well. The funny thing is after you build them up, everyone wants to know where to get one! You can see custom X90's at www.generationx90.com. One tough little car!
Just bought a 1996 X-90 on Ebay and even without driving it first I love it! It off-roads better than my Ford Bronco II, gets 31 on the road and 28 in town, super fun to drive and attracts attention! I must say I loved the small Datsuns in the 70's and I think to love the x-90 you have to have a conservative attitude and be fond of simple pleasures. T-tops aren't for the freeway, small cars all ride rough and small 4 cylinders were made to rev! This one does and when it goes, it goes all out!!
Just bought an X90 last week, and absolutely love it!! I'm very happy to be a member of this X90-clusive club..
My only fault is the door window motors are a bit sluggish, but I'm gonna see if I can't fix that with some silicone spray and a few blobs of wheel bearing grease.
Does anyone know if there is a microfiche of the X90 on the net? I need to identify a pipe that is splitting under the bonnet; I fear it's the steering pump pipe, but not sure??
I got a 96 about a year ago, and I love it. No complaints; it has plenty of power, and I get just under 30 mpg. Fun.
I'm going to buy a 97' 5 speed tomorrow.
I am an estimator for a roofing company and normally drive a f350 diesel. We thought it might be fun and kind of a novelty to run one for the summer.
I am just wondering how I am going to carry my 16' ladder... Any suggestions?