Owned since July 2012 new
March 17, 2019
The car was designed on a Euro model so to speak, Seems very continental, great engine, ok gas mileage, comfortable and seems to be more expensive than it is.
Only "repair" issue was water pump covered by warranty,
Definitely the manual was the way to go, easy to shift and fun driving, but my alternative reason was that everyone seemed to be complaining about the dual clutch auto which had issues of reliability but also drivers unaware of how to actually drive a dual clutch car.
The main complaint is the fairly large number of recalls, the latest is for a faulty computer reading of the gas pressure valve which can leave it stuck and collapse the gas tank and even make the car inoperable, Still waiting for a letter when I can get it fixed. Never had a car failure due to a recall issue, but a pain in the derriere to have to take it in for them.
Overall, got the car new for 11K so a good deal in the end for me.
Once the bugs are handled, if you buy the manual you'll get a pretty fun cheap ride that serves most purposes,