Great family SUV, easy on the pocketbook, yet sporty and spacious!
In a little over a year of 80% city driving, the only time we had to have this vehicle checked out was when there appeared to be a front seal leak. (ended up being a lube spill from the lube center the previous week!).
We have a small shimmy at highway speeds now that the snow tires and rims are back on for the winter that balancing has not seemed to rectify, but I doubt this is the Vehicle's fault. Still working on solution for this.
We chose this vehicle for its lower initial cost and better than average MPG. (On our vacation trip through the Rockies we averaged 26 MPG! (Imperial Gallons!) )
In getting used to the 5 speed transmission, we found that the torque curve appears to be a little higher than other vehicles we have owned. By changing our shift points up we have a peppy little SUV that the whole family enjoys driving.
We did not like the stock tires. We now run the original equipment Bridgestones on aftermarket mags in the summer, and have Toyo snow/ice radials on the stock steel rims during our Canadian winters. While tree and rock climbing are still out, what a difference the winter rubber makes in performance!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th January, 2003