This is the best car I have owned for reliability and affordability.
Complete fuel system replacement.
Short in left brake light.
Unknown electrical problem that caused the engine to die after long periods of constant speed (50mph+)
Replaced clutch slave cylinder.
Replaced water pump.
Piston knocking very badly at 3000+ rpm.
All things considered, this has really been a great car.
It will still do 0-60 in 12 seconds which is good for a car with only 96 HP.
It is also good on fuel, still getting 20mpg city/ 26 hwy. A good tune-up will help get these numbers back up to around 23/28.
It was parked for seven years which is very bad for any car. This was the cause of most of the problems listed above.
The only common problems I know of with these cars are the alternator, the water pump, and the radiator. Other than those few things, it is a very reliable vehicle.
I would recommend this as a first time car for a new driver, or as a daily driver for those looking for a fun, yet affordable vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th February, 2005