A great gas mileage, off road machine
The seats are wearing out.
A rubber seal that lead to the driver's side kick panel sprung a leak in 1999. Rain would seep down through gap near the windshield wipers and run down the electrical cables, through the seal, and into the car. The car could get several inches of water during a rainy day. I fixed it by using some silicone sealant on the seal, and it hasn't leaked since.
The hatch door is rusting out, but that started around 1997 and is from being driven on beaches a lot.
This car is a great little off road machine. Everything on it is stock, and its been able to handle beach sand, mud, snow, rocks, and 1.75 ft of water with almost no problems (going through the water came close to drowning the engine).
It gets great gas mileage, 24-27mpg on the highways and cities, and about 20mpg in the dirt and mud.
The engine is underpowered, 62 horse power, and with having 200000+ miles on the engine, its acceleration isn't the best.
I'm 6'3" and I still have a few inches of space before my head hits the ceiling, its got plenty of leg room in the front and rear (if you don't sit behind me). The back seat though, feels like you are sitting on a trampoline, it bounces you around if you hit some big bumps.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th June, 2001