Has been a great first car!
I have owned it now for over 4 years and it has been an extremely reliable, fun, and cost-effective daily driver. It has gotten me through harsh winters, hotter than the sun days, and everything in between. Although not incredibly fuel efficient it has been relatively cheap to own due to good reliability. The largest drawback of the interior is the single cup-holder. The trunk is huge and going to and from college with it has been easier than expected.
It's been a good car.
I bought this car in 2001 used with 33,000 miles on it. As of May 2007, it has 79,000, and has been a good vehicle all around. Maintenance has been done normally, and the car has never left me stranded. It has needed some work over the years (front brakes, tires, abs sensors & module, cruise control) but these are normal with any car. If there was one thing I would say I don't like, it is the blind spot behind the rear windows. If there have been problems with the traction, it has been because of tires. Problems that are noted by mechanics with this car: the intake gaskets will be eaten away if you do not get the Dexcool antifreeze out of the radiator, and that job by a good shop will cost you between $500 to $600 (a radiator flush with the old green antifreeze will cost between $50 and $100, and may keep the gaskets from deteriorating). Also, the fuel tank will eventually rust, which will need to be replaced. If you need to do this repair, buy a new aftermarket tank and ask the mechanic to undercoat the tank before installation, and you should have no further problem. Currently am thinking about buying another car, but this one has been so good to me it is turning out to be a tough decision.
Best car I've ever owned
This is the best car I have ever owned and every one of my cars have been purchased new. The reliability is wonderful, the comfort, styling, lines, performance, upkeep. Anyone who doesn't give this car 5 stars is mistaken or got a lemon. Of course, it helps when you do regular maintenance.