From the time I received this car, almost nothing major has gone wrong.
One thing that is more of a cosmetic problem than a mechanical problem is the fact that hub caps, when put on the car wheels, stay on for a short time, and then fall off. This is more of an annoyance than a real car problem.
Another problem I have experienced with this car is the electrical system. Sometimes, the dashboard lights do not come on, sometimes only one dashboard light comes on, the clock seems to stop, and then about an hour later, come back on again. This is not the fault of the battery, as I have replaced it several times, but it still persists with these problems.
I couldn't believe how lucky I was.
When I received this car at 16 years of age, I was delighted. That was before I got behind the wheel. The wheel of my 4-speed '87 red Fox sedan 2-door. hoo-yeah.
My opinions hasn't changed since then, this is a great car.
Since it's old, it has a distinct look of a semi-classic 80's car. this can be either a blessing or a burden, depending on what kind of a car owner you are.
For some reason, even though this was an entry-level car in '87 and has since been discontinued, this car has had no problems with the engine. granted, the previous owner really kept this car in mint condition, but I have had it for a year, and even though it has 90,000 miles on it and the bluebook price is $475, this car has had no breakdowns. The engine has never failed, and always runs smoothly.
This car is really fun to drive. I have made minor upgrades to its exhaust system and tires, and drives great. I don't know exactly what makes it so fun to drive, whether its the small, maneuverable, compact shape, or the good manual transmission. I still can't say why I like this car so much. I just do.
Every day I drive to school, drive to lunch, drive home, drive to the store, or anywhere else, and for those tasks this car works perfectly. Sure, this isn't a Porshe, but for everything I need to do in and around the town of Binghamton, this will do it.
Having spent much of my time in this car, I can safely say that this is a very solid choice for someone who just got their license and needs a cheap car.