Performance, reliability and value, all wrapped up in one!
Have had to sink some money into the car in the last year or so, only because of the high mileage. Repairs have only really been general maintenance items.
I bought the car from my mom at 126,000 miles, and since then have replaced the alternator, done 2 tune-ups, 2 sets of tires, front brake pads, rotors and calipers once, front wheel bearings, and inner tie-rods.
Currently, the air conditioning doesn't work right. It works when the car is cold for about five minutes of driving, then blows warm. Maybe just needs freon, maybe more. Haven't looked into it yet.
Also, the emergency brake is broken. Hasn't really been an issue, it still passes inspection, and I just have to make sure I leave it in gear when I park.
It leaks a small amount of coolant from somewhere, but haven't pinpointed it yet.
The most pressing issue right now is it needs front struts. It bangs pretty hard on bumps, but other than that, it handles very well.
I have had the car for about three years now, and absolutely love it. The reliability is superior. I had an hour plus (each way) commute to work for over a year, and other than a few flat tires (due to the inner tie-rods being bad, causing the tires to ride uneven), it hasn't left me stranded once to this day. With almost 200,000 miles, it is starting to show its age, but still starts up every day and gets me where I need to go.
The turbo, mated with the 5-speed transmission, makes it a blast to drive. Even with the high mileage, it still has as much get-up-and-go as the day I bought it. Probably the most amazing thing is I am still on the original clutch, and that's saying something, considering the transmission has taken a beating from teaching a few people how to drive stick. :-)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2012