"Very reliable, comfortable, easy to drive. Great gas mileage. The only complaint I have is the cup holder is next to the radio. If you stop quickly, fluid gets in the radio. Lost a radio that way. I just use an aftermarket cup holder now. No problems, My car is 17 years old and still performs well."
"I've owned this car for 3 years and over 40,00 miles, it is an excellent vehicle. I am a mechanic and would rank this as above average reliability (better than Honda) and performance, and it is much easier to work on than the majority of cars in it's era. The vehicle is manufactured by Toyota so it is nearly identical to a Toyota Corolla (engines and many parts are interchangeable). The worst flaw this vehicle has is that the some models that had the 1.6L engine have a separate differential oil compartment from the transmission (which most technicians are not aware of) so differential failures are more frequent from lack of service, which unfortunately requires transmission replacement. If the differential oil level is checked periodically then this failure will not occur.
Overall this car gets good fuel mileage, has a powerful engine, handles good, and rides very nice. Cost of ownership is very low. It is a very solid car for its size and is a safe car. I have been impressed with its reliability."
Pros: "Great car, great price, handles well, great mpg,"
Cons: "seat belt retracters are lousy.."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought mine new in 96. Since then, I have driven it 300,000 miles on the original engine, and clutch. I've replaced struts, a starter, and engine mounts in that time. Not bad for 16 years of reliable service. On the highway, I still get 33-36 mpg, and with the 1.8 liter engine, I can get on it, and get going quick enough not to be bored. If you're looking at buying one used, you may want to size up who your buying it from as some owners tend to be pretty lazy/uninformed about the merits of changing the oil more than once a decade."