Fun, reliable, fuel efficient, and cheap to own if you take care of it
Uses about a quart of oil every 1000 miles since day 1.
Developed piston slap at about 80,000 miles, which gets worse with time, but goes away when the engine warms up.
Though not as good as the '86 Chevy Nova (really a Corolla) it replaced, it's still a decent car.
Much faster off the line with the manual transmission.
I don't have to replace half the exhaust every year here in the rust-belt.
The flywheel seems a little light, making it easy to stall letting out the clutch from a standstill.
Great on gas, getting 32 to 45 MPG.
It's only been in the shop once for new front pads and rotors at 90K. I do my own oil changes and got one without electric windows, locks, etc., which I found increases reliability and decreases maintenance hassles.
It's been extremely reliable, despite the piston slap and high oil consumption.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th October, 2010