I bought this car new early in 2005. It now has 38,000 miles with no problems, and no replacements or repairs of major parts. It has had regular oil changes and general mainenance by a conscientious m...
I bought this car new early in 2005. It now has 38,000 miles with no problems, and no replacements or repairs of major parts. It has had regular oil changes and general mainenance by a conscientious mechanic. It continues to get great gas mileage--from 39mpg up to 48, depending upon roads and conditions. It starts reliably in cold weather--down to minus 20F on occasion, and the highway ride is more like a much larger car, smoothe and relatively quiet. It handled very well in ice and snow after appropriate tire replacement of the initial cheap ones. The standard shift has so far shown no clutch problems, but I'm also almost the sole driver and was "raised" on a standard shift, so don't tend to do things that wear them out rapidly. I'm a small person, so the interior fits me just fine. My son, an occasional driver finds it a bit squashy, but he's a big guy.
Some of the interior beading around the doors is coming loose, and the exterior rubber shield for the fog light wells didn't last much beyond the dealership lot. The paint around the grill is chipping a bit. Considering I must drive on 3 miles of gravel before reaching a paved road, this was expected. One minor annoyance has been that the interior heats up whenever the sun is out, more than other cars I've had, no matter what the outside temperature is. Therefore, most of the time, I have to drive with the air conditioning on. But I can't find anything worse than that to complain about.
Overall, after five years, I continue to love this car.