I feel like I have "Battered wife syndrome". I love it, it abuses me, but it must be my fault
Dash lights go out frequently.
The cup holders were broke when I bought the car. The used car dealer replaced them and they fell apart within a few months.
Headlamp washer check valves leaked when I bought the car. I did a do it yourself fix with electrical tape; no problems sense.
Sway-bar end links needed replaced about 75,000 miles.
The neutral switch caused problems from the beginning. Mostly in cold weather. If you didn't give the car time to warm up before you shut it off, it wouldn't restart for about 10 minutes. Finally replaced at about 110,000 miles.
AC clutch went bad around 110,000, and you can't just buy the clutch. You have to buy the compressor with the clutch. When the AC is on, air doesn't blow out the vents under acceleration.
Brake noise and had to replace front rotors.
Engine noise on the AM radio.
The remote doesn't work part of the time.
The drivers side door handle broke on the inside.
The top hose connection on the radiator broke off at 100,000.
I'm sure I missed something.
The car has good road feel, with the right tires the car handles like a slot car, and I can make a U-turn almost anywhere. It seems to have enough power and does well in the snow, and is fun on mountain highways. On the interstate you want to speed, 80mph doesn't feel fast enough.
The front seats are a little bit on the firm side, but have enough adjustments to make them quite comfortable, (unless you have a fat wallet, but repair costs will keep that from becoming too much of a problem). The back seat is good.
You can't afford to own one unless you can do some of the repairs yourself.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2009