Fun, Fast, and Reliable
The battery died at about 169,000 miles, but I know it hadn't been replaced in a long time, so it was to be expected.
One of my tires went completely flat, I had to buy a new one for 78 dollars.
My windshield wipers had to be replaced because they were very old, that was about 15 dollars.
AC blows, but the air is not very cold. I don't want to hassle with fixing it, so I can just take the top down or roll down the windows.
Radio was working when I bought the car, but producing no noise. Replaced it for 100 dollars, because the dealer wanted over 300 dollars to replace it!
This car was my first car, and I have no regrets about it.
I think I would not have preferred a convertible, simply due to the fact that the top needs to be replaced and it costs money, however when I bought the car it was relatively new and it is still in great shape.
The car really packs a punch, and for a 4 cylinder car really keeps up with the competition. For those times when it lags a bit, there is a ECT POWER button that gives the car a little boost. I enjoy using this on a hill where my car needs to speed up a little.
The room in the front seats is fine, actually, better than fine. The backs seats may not be so comfortable, but I am only 17 and therefore it isn't too hard for people to get in and out of. However, I have sat in the back for a ride, and it's not so bad. Just don't get stuck there for an extremely long trip.
The seat belts are a bit hard to reach from the front. My mother always had a problem with that.
It is a bit noisy to drive in on the freeway, due to the convertible top, but it is nothing that turning up the radio can't fix. It never really bothered me, but for people who need a quiet ride, this isn't the car for you.
For a first car this was really fun, but not the most practical. I will always love this car and the fun memories, but now it is time for me to move on to something more practical.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th August, 2003