14 Years Old and Finally Dying
January 11, 2019
This car has been a dream to own but now I am sadly having to release it to its grave. I have the 4 cylinder low budget model (cloth seats, no turbo) and bought it because I wanted an inexpensive convertible. It has survived 2 years away at college with my two daughters, 175000 miles and until just recently very minor problems.
Shortcomings....4 cylinder has very little pickup so not the car to immediately accelerate into traffic. But also why it pulled down 28 mpg for all its life on the highway. The body seams around the rear lights wasn't perfect so I did have to replace bulb sockets but some foam around the seams stopped that. General maintenance was always inexpensive. I did use synthetic oil all of its life.
AC was probably the only drawback as condenser failed/leaked/rusted and to repair you had to pull the dash and replace. Really only failure I had other than the recent engine problem.
The ultimate death has occurred due to a blown head gasket which is causing oil and antifreeze to blow into #2 cylinder. So the second drawback is working on the engine is nearly impossible as it fits in so tightly. $4500 to repair, rebuilt engine is slightly less but still runs about the same. With a car value of $1500, just not worth it now.