"Bought it brand new for my first son and it was passed on to the others, now has 120K miles and I am using it as second car with 30 mpg, mixed driving mostly for work commute. Very efficient and reliable car. No major repair except for changing clutch twice so far. Perhaps multiple new drivers learning to drive manual transmission is the cause. Hatchback option helps to carry a lot of different stuff in car. In general very happy with the performance of it. Driving good, the only thing is although it has 4 wheel disc break with ABS but breaks are not feeling as fast and strong as expected."
Pros: "cheap/easy to fix, MPGs, snow bunny, good beater"
Cons: "interior is blah, eats alignments"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Husband bought this car for me without test driving it because he didn't know how to drive stick. I had low expectations since the clutch was blown, but after installing a new clutch I put 70,000 miles on it, over-steering through back roads and doing over 100 mph on major highways at times. I have to say this car was worth the money spent and--surprisingly--performed better than a lot of the new(er) cars my friends and family have had during the same period. Not to mention, I take turns at double the suggested speeds and this car keeps up with a "drop a gear and disappear" kind of driving style without modifications or sport-tuning. I'd hate to see what it could do if somebody tuned it. If you want a car to exceed your expectations in performance and durability, get a Hyundai. Get an older Hyundai."
"I bought this car new and have never regretted it . It is amazing in the snow and gets great gas mileage. I am getting a new car in 2015 and all my friends want me to sell them this car and not trade it in . I would highly recommend this car to all ."
"Let me first start off by saying that this car saved me from any injury when someone slammed into the back of it at highway speeds (I was stopped in traffic). I have to sadly replace it because the insurance passed it off as a total loss, but it drove wonderfully for me in the time that I had it! I used it for daily commute and an every other week 300 mile round-trip, and it was great with gas. My only major problem with it was that the fuel injector and transmission had quite a few problems that required fixing, but that was mostly due to the previous owner and not the car itself. I highly recommend this as an affordable car and/or your first car!"
"I'd just like to start by saying I have been impressed with the performance of this car. I have owned it for 5 years now, and I have no intentions of trading it in or selling it. In 5 years I have done nothing to it but normal maintenance, and although I take care of my vehicle, I was not "easy" on it. It has driven through 6-8 inches of un-plowed snow quite a few times with EASE!. I call my car a "TANK". I have driven about 3 trips over 5 hours each way in the last 2 years, and it just keeps right on going. They only thing that I'd prefer to be different is that it were a manual instead of an automatic, but that just my personal opinion. This is the first vehicle I have owned that was not a manual, so I had my doubts about it's capabilities. I rest easy now. Great car for a small family or just for the lone ranger like me."
"Great running and repair experience. Have had two small fender benders, not repaired, Get oil change every 3000 to 3500 miles, do any other needed repairs.
Bought this 2005 in 2007, have driven it for 44 000 miles.
One bad feature---front windows do not open any more. I fixed one, at a cost of nearly three hundred dollars, then the other window quit opening a week later.
PLASTIC CLIPS HOLDING THE GLASS NOT CONDUCIVE TO FLORIDA ATMOSHERE.
Also, glossy finish on rally red paint color is fading out on both front and back bumpers. Looks tacky.
It is becoming difficult to afford repairs, such as, repainting, new tires , etc. May need to sell."