Very reliable, fun to drive
By Hannah on Wednesday, November 04, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 216,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "good value, few mechanical problems, fun to drive"
Cons: "picky about dealer parts and scheduled maintenance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've had my car for almost 5 years, put about 140,000 miles on it, used it for city and highway, as well as numerous roadtrips. I still love it.
It has a pretty sporty design, so it sits low which can be annoying for taller or big people- I'm pretty average but my taller husband who was used to a truck felt like he was falling into it. Fun to drive, pretty good pickup for a 4cyl even at 216k miles. The body of mine only has small rust spots where it was scratched or dinged, otherwise body is in great shape.
Other than when a mechanic failed to change the timing belt as paid for and it broke (at 126k, way over the due date), I've never spent more than $300 to fix anything. I did have a problem for a while with acceleration even after fixing the cam position sensor several times, but we found out we needed to use the dealer part, not an aftermarket (save yourself the trouble and do this! at least for the sensors). The muffler rusted out just last month, but that was a cheap fix. Otherwise, all maintenance-related mechanic trips. It's nice being able to go a year without calling about a car question with a car this old!
Mine seemed to be sensitive to oil changes, so if I was way past due for one it would lose some power when accelerating. But it was a good reminder to get the oil changed, and the power immediately came back after that.
Also, I should note that in Central MN, I regularly had to start this car on mornings where it was -30 or -40, and this car Never had to be jumped. Always started right away."
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