Bridge Car for 9 Months
August 24, 2014
I bought this car to from a neighbor who had this vehicle since it was new. 134K, well kept, and driven by easy drivers. The history of this car was a rebuilt transmission with in the first 50K, then a couple minor accidents. Finally a battery failure lead them to believe the car was about to die. Hence I got this cheap and picked it up with a dented door, and excessive road noise, along with what felt like the need for brakes. After a new battery, the car appeared to start and run with no drive train issue. Next I did a brake job and corrected all stopping concerns I had. Still road noise, so after rotating tires to ensure it wasn't a tire issue, replaced the front wheel bearings. Now I suspect it is driving like it would have new. Pretty simple car to work on.
The down side is this car literally has NO power. When I drive down the road, I commonly find myself driving below the speed limit, and feel as thou I am pushing this car to just do 60mph. If I ever get a speeding ticket in this car I will be shocked. The fuel economy is NO WHERE near the advertised, even combined mileage. The best I get is 28 mph. I can understand why this car isn't manufactured any more nor the PT Cruiser. As for an inexpensive used car for bridging from my recent ride to a new car, or just having a work car to get you from home to work daily, this isn't bad. Better then a golf cart for comfort, only because your not exposed to the elements, and the AC works great. I have had several people offer to buy it from me when I get my new car at the price I got it for. But really I have owned everything from a 1/2ton pickup to a Chevy Astro van, and a Chevette to a BMW M5. This vehicle build was probably taken from a high school shop class wanting to design their first car. If it was really designed by college educated engineers, they deserve to get their money back from the university they attended, and the auto engineering association needs to pull their credentials.