I bought this car new in April 2001 and put over 215,000 miles on it. Other than routine service, I have only had it in the shop once for a wheel bearing.
Gas mileage is 40-43 MPG with the 5-speed manual.
It is fun to drive and easy to park.
The seats are comfortable even on longer drives and the interior is roomy for a compact car.
Cross winds are definitely noticeable, but what can you expect with a 2,000 pound car with a relatively high-profile from the side.
I can pass cars with little trouble when necessary. It's not a racer, but that's not why you buy this car.
Air conditioning works great and interior noise levels are OK, but not excellent.
I'm sad they have decided to discontinue production of this car. I would definitely buy another when this one finally wears out.