By Robyn on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Fun, safe, and comfortable"
Cons: "The door locks can be terrible"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had this car for Eight years, to this day I still love this car. I'm the second owner,and I know very well how I kept after the car. In the eight years that I've owned this car, I replaced the Clutch in 2008 ( My guess is the previous owner didn't know how to drive one properly ), the ignition lock cylinder in 2009, the tires in 2011, the fuel tank in 2015 ( Someone tried to jack the car and did so by lifting the fuel tank), and the front end ball joints in 2016. I've been in two accidents. The first one was with a brand new jeep -- and my car did more damage to his jeep, my air bags weren't deployed, and I walked away untouched. The second time I was foolish and might have been driving too fast in icy conditions and I bounced off a few snow banks- -Again, I was kept safe by this extremely solid car.
This car is GREAT in the snow---- unless it's too thick,your stuck going too slow on a hill, you don't understand how to counter the car potentially fish tailing, and if you have some weight in the trunk.
If you know how to drive a manual -- YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO REPLACE THE BREAKS ON THIS CAR. Everytime I bring it to the shop, I ask them how my breaks look, and every time they go " They look great!" -- It's been 8 years since the pads have been touched. The car is responsive, and affordable to fix if you know someone who can do the work for you. The car in optimal* conditions can do 40mpg on the highway. Yes you heard me right, it can do it, and yes I did the math.
The downside to this car. The door locks are fussy in cold weather. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't! The car has also started to form a rot spot back in 2009, despite my constant washing,waxing and polishing. Other than that, I have really no complaints.
* Hardly any traffic, Premium Gas, fresh Synthetic oil, new tires/balanced, little to no weight in the car, and using your cruise control at 75 MPH"
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