Without words to describe this car
I have done all the work on this car. The previous owner was the original owner. He religiously maintained the car to the factory service schedule by a friend who was a retired Toyota mechanic with 25 years dealing with Toyotas. It was kept inside during the winter in the New England area. I don't see why, because he was so anal about the car's condition that he had the car sprayed with a very thick rubberized coating before it even left the dealer.
Since acquiring it from this gentlemen, I have used it during the winters in Maine. There is not an ounce of rust on it due to that undercoating. I have done all the work since I've had it. This consists of several sets of high quality tires, both front CV shafts, a high quality (no chain 3rd party brand) alternator, starter, distributor cap, plugs, and wires. I have religiously changed the oil as well using Mobil 1 Synthetic.
I also have repaired the master cylinder and done a clutch job once in all the miles. It is the 5 speed version. I've cleaned it religiously at a car wash or my house frequently during the winter months. I also have replaced all 4 struts since I've had it.
All in told I paid $2000 originally for the car, and $1500 or so in parts in the 7 years I've owned it.
I absolutely loved this car. Notice I said loved. Unfortunately today, while it saved my life or at least prevented me from drastic injury, this wonderful car was totalled by an idiot in a new BMW going way too fast and not paying attention to the road, texting on his phone. I was t-boned at an intersection, I'm fine, but the car is beyond repair body wise. It's a sad, sad day. If I had kept up my level of maintenance, I bet this thing would have easily gone another 100,000 or more before needing an engine rebuild or even a check to see if it needed rebuilding. Anyone want some near perfect parts?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th October, 2013