It's a tank
Nothing critical has gone wrong with the car in my ownership.
The exhaust flexpipe needs to be replaced, and the engine will occasionally stall when in Park or Neutral.
A previous owner had to change the supplementary drive shaft, as noted on the invoice.
I can't shift into first.
And some characteristic rust around the windshield trims and wheel wells.
None of these have been an inconvenience or problem.
I love this vehicle, and bought it as a winter beater to pack a bunch of people and snow gear to the mountains.
I got a smokin deal, and it passed safety inspection with no problems. However I have grown to really appreciate it, and will be investing to make this THE family vehicle.
It has character, it has room, it's AWD, carries 7 quite comfortably, and has great reliability. Plus I am finding it relativity easy to tinker with.
I have put 2500kms on it during a 5 day roadtrip with no fear of breakdown or problems, and am thinking about doing a 7000km round-trip to Ontario with it this summer. I am totally comfortable that this will get us there and back with no issues.
Also the rear seats that fold flat to make a bed are a huge plus. Great for power naps on the side of the road.
The only drawback I have found is that it is a little underpowered, and one needs to plan before attempting to pass. It's not a bad skill to have anyway.
In summary... Love it...Love it... Love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd February, 2010