Pros: "Reliable if taken care of, mpg, handling, comfy"
Cons: "Not fun to work on, rust, not good in snow/ice"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Wonderful car for getting around and cheep to own. I highly recommend this car for any first driver. It's cheap so if you hit something or get hit its not expensive and it's bound to need something fixed so you can get get experience working on the thing. Personally I find it very comfy inside and fun to drive. The engine feels a little underpowered and really roars when you floor it. If taken care of it will last a good long time, I've had mine for a couple years got a ton of miles on it. Previous owner used it to drive across the country and its still going. Gets great mileage, gotten 32 hwy once :) handles well in the country or in mud but not well at all in the snow. Over all a fun little car that I highly recommend to first-time drivers as it's cheap and fun and will teach you how to work on a vehicle and nothing is really too expensive to fix."
"We bought this 1999 SE Sport in 2001 from dealer. It has been extremely reliable, only requiring (self-done) maintenance and a few age-related replacements (fuel pump, battery, alternator, power steering pump). The performancehas always been its best feature, handling being BMW-esque. It's like driving a go-kart: you know the power/acceleration aren't phenomenal but for the scale of vehicle, you begin to feel you could challenge a Ferrari! I've always found Ford seats to be comfortable and despite minimal padding to save space, these are survivable even on long journeys. It's biggest downside, though, is the ergonomics: cupholders too small and FORWARD of the gear-shift, no storage to speak of, center tray right under e-brake, minimalistic despite price, cramped engine bay. Still, the car has survived trans-California road-trips, daughter's college years and my neanderthal speed-shifting without issues. It's still on the original clutch! It out-does (out-DID) neighborhood 'rice-rockets' stock! I'm thinking of adding a turbo or converting to electric IF it ever dies!"
"My Dad purchased the car new in 1999. He took a lot of short and long road trips. I have owned it since 2005. This car has been to many states and was very reliable. It has been in the last 2 years that we have had to put money into fixing it."
Pros: "nice looking car, drives great, no fluid leaks"
Cons: "MONEY MONEY MONEY U SPEND"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"What more can I say, I should have sold it, but when you don't have finances to go into another car you keep supporting the one you have. MECHANICS SAY IT IS A NIGHTMARE TO WORK ON COMPARED TO TAURUS THE SAME YEAR."