Efficient and cheap to operate
Water pump @ 126k.
Timing belt @ 88k and 126k.
Timing belt broke @ 174k; replaced tensioner.
Shocks and struts @ 100k and 170k.
Brakes @ 85k and 172k.
Spark plugs @ 80k and 150k.
Overall it has been a great little car. Outside of the water pump and broken timing belt, maintenance has been routine. 10,000 mile oil changes on Mobil 1 synthetic since 90k, recently down to 5k. Still runs great, is burning oil after 3000 miles on a change, about a quart per 1000 miles then, but a fresh change keeps it at bay for another 3000 miles.
This car wears tires like crazy, I have a set of Michelin LTX A/S on there now, and it looks like they might make it 30k; the car is lined up and the tires are inflated properly. But these will last longer than any other tire we have had on the vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2012