Great value, but has nit-picky problems
For starters, the cheap interior plastics have not held up the best. The rear seat cup holders broke and the front passenger power window panel has started to separate from the vinyl. Also, the seek up button on the cd/cass unit has completely stopped working however, the scan button still allows for basic operation for the radio.
Secondly, ever since my Mother bought the car, I've noticed that the accelerator pedal sometimes is hard to push when the car is stopped. When she pushes hard on the gas pedal, it seems to break free, but you also get major whip-lash from a very abrupt start--very annoying. I tried greasing the throttle cable and it seemed to work for a couple weeks, but returned to back to its old ways.
Lastly, the moon roof rail for some reason broke into two pieces and does not allow the roof to close unless you help it. Took to the dealer and they gave an estimate of $900!
Very reliable car, fit and finish is a B+. I personally am not a fan of cars with a timing belt or foreign cars for that matter, but this car is well worth the money you pay for it. Quite peppy for a 4cyl, but the ride is not near as good as her previous car--mercury grand marquis.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th August, 2006