It's almost 10 years old now, and it's STILL sexier than all the other cars on the block. I love the exterior style so much, I can't get enough. I have 110,000 on it right now, and my mechanic and I a...
It's almost 10 years old now, and it's STILL sexier than all the other cars on the block. I love the exterior style so much, I can't get enough. I have 110,000 on it right now, and my mechanic and I are fully expected over 300,000 of life, hopefully half a million. The most important part of this car is the great partnership that I have with my mechanic at Atomic Auto here in Portland, Oregon. He cannot be beat. Eminently fair and efficient. Most work I have done has been maintenance related. The 4 cylinder turbo is a perfect combo, and the car can really get up and go. It's so fun to drive. Like any older car, the fuel efficiency is ok, and pretty good when you drive it like a good citizen. Cons: Compared to newer cars, the interior is a bit loud, partially due to my leather interior. The sunroof sometimes leaks, about a tablespoon of water on serious monsoon days. But for a 24 year old with limited employment, this is something I can handle happily. I plan on keeping this car as long as it lives, and I think it's going to be around a while. I rated 4 stars on comfort because sometimes my lower spine hurts in the driver seat over prolonged driving. I've added a little pad for those times. We paid $15000 for this car in 2004, and it's been the best car my family has bought so far in terms of reliability (they've had a Lexus, Cadillacs, Mercedes, Pontiacs, Dodges, Jeeps...big family).
But always have a backup key because if you lose that main one, you're in about $1000+ worth of trouble. Spare keys are around $50.
Please note: It is more environmentally responsible to keep and maintain the car you have (if it is safe and working), even if it doesn't get a fancy 30+ mpg all the time, than to go buy a new hybrid or other car. My mechanic stresses this greatly. The other best part of the car is how solid and safe it is.