Excellent affordable car with high reliability
By Dan on Friday, October 02, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Maintenance, performance, mech durability, value"
Cons: "No Aux cable or MP3 player (only CD)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"When I bought my 2006 LT coupe model, it was moderately damaged in the front part of the car (Salvaged at 34k miles). There was no damage to the motor, transmission (5-gear manual), or frame, except for the radiator; mostly cosmetical. This review is not based for the automatic version model of the car.
The value of this car at the time of purchase was about $9-11K. I invested a total 5,500 after taxes. This can only tell you how affordable the maintenance of this car is after having it moderately fixed. Never go to the dealer, they will tax you hard on repairs.
Got it fixed up real good and 7 years later, I still own it at 110,00k miles and still running strong (Planning to change cars very soon though). The car got me through high school and college, and has also gotten me through a year of my professional career. Made a few cosmetical and mechanical modifications to the car, as well as upgrading the sound system to a third party sound system with 2 12" sub woofers (trunk area is HUGE!). Motor and transmission are still unbelievably intact and well sounding. Still riding very smooth.
A few things have gone bad on the vehicle, but they are as expected such as the battery and both front wheel bearings. Couple of buttons here and there, as well as the regular light bulbs, but never nothing critical. Maintenance for the car is very affordable and easy to perform if you know where to get your replacement parts and where to get your services done. Never spent more than $100 on quarterly maintenance(oil, liquids,etc). I've only had to change my brakes 2 times and performed the installation myself. Excellent in gas as well. 31mpg highway and 26-27mpg in City in my case with a sport aftermarket air filter. Very reliable car if well maintained and taken care of. I still think the design of the car is very appealing and sporty looking (coupe with oem spoiler). Not ashamed to sit and ride in this car at all. Interior is mostly plastic, but hey, I'm glad this was my first car. Performance is as expected for a motor of this caliber and is extremely respondent (again its a manual car; can't speak for auto)
Overall, I am extremely happy and satisfied with this car. I would recommend to any high school or college student thinking reliability and affordability. 5-speed manual has been a thrill to drive even in such a small car. I dont think I will ever go to a auto trans."
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