I bought this car fairly recently and have put 15,000 miles on it. I would definetly recommend the SC2 for performance as the 30hp over the SC1 is very noticable and with the 2 you still get 35mpg. Th...
I bought this car fairly recently and have put 15,000 miles on it. I would definetly recommend the SC2 for performance as the 30hp over the SC1 is very noticable and with the 2 you still get 35mpg. The car has performance and normal shift modes via a switch. The performance mode I prefer much more as the shifts are quick not dragged out thus the transmission will last longer and I only notice a 1-2mpg difference vs. the normal mode.
The handling is pretty good for an entry level sports type car, I find it to soft, but I'm sure others who like a more luxious ride will find it too stiff. The Cloth seats I find are more comfortable then the leather. The car is made for smaller people being 6 foot I have about an inch of head clearance but lots of foot room and average room for the rest of me. All the gauges are easy to read and are easy to understand and operate, even though I don't like the white lighting on the gauges and changed them to blue. The stereo is sub par but the speakers are better than some I've experienced in cars that cost twice as much as this. The cd player died after my third use and had to buy aftermarket which really utilizes the great speakers. The rear seats fold down which makes hauling larger items easier and it has a very large trunk for a car its size.
The reliability seems to be pretty good and so far I've spent $150 on parts and did the labor myself and fixed everything that was wrong with this car. The body panels are plastic so no need to worry about rust or dents. Typical things that go wrong with this car are failure of the ignition switch, failure of the door switches, failure of the stereo head unit, failure of the window motors. Also uncommon but something to watch for is failure of the cylinder head gasket on the engine and the sensors, especially the crank sensor, throttle sensor and oxygen sensor. Also if equipted with traction control or sunroof both can be expensive to repair and would recommend finding one with neither to avoid headaches.
Overall I think it is a pretty decent inexpensive car. It has really good economy with a larger engine then its competitors and more power with the SC2. It also has pretty good reliability and general repairs are inexpensive. Overall I think it is a great car for a first time smaller driver.