"I was given this car as a gift @ 150,000 miles.
These are my observations based on 23,000 miles of ownership.
Decent car for getting from point A to B.
Combined road and highway (40%/60%)allows me to get 33 to 35mpgs.
Interior cloth seats and panels are in good shape.
The headliner had completely deteriorated. Had to spend ~80 bucks to get a replacement kit online. It was easier to replace than I thought.
Paint quality is really bad. No more clear coat, has matte finish...lol. Also shows bare metal in places.
The car does burn oil. It burns about a quart for every 3000 miles.
Road noise inside the car is on the loud side.
I have replaced a cracked serpentine belt.
Both driver and front passenger door handles have been replaced. The old ones became brittle and broke. Easy to replace as DIY. parts are only about 10 bucks per handle.
valve cover gasket was replaced at 165,000miles. It was leaking a little oil. PCV valve was also replaced at the same time (It was a little clogged)
strut assembly was replaced at 170,000 miles. It was completely shot when I got the car.
Replaced/Flushed Brake Fluid
Replaced/Flushed Steering Fluid
Replaced spark plugs and wires
The Daytime Running Light Module fried. Got a replacement from the scrap yard for 10 bucks. Found that there was a loose wire on the wiring harness that plugged into the module. had to go ghetto and solder directly to board. I also found that the ground to the module was bad, I had to splice in a new ground. This took the longest to troubleshoot and fix (1 whole day).
In the future I will need to replace the front window. Very pitted from road debris.
Overall, I am satisfied with this car. It gets me around town. It is reliable. Everything I have fixed are things I would expect to fix on a car that has 173,000 miles. Only exception is the electrical issue with the day time running lights.
Many of these fixes can be done by yourself and do not require a professional. I have saved a lot of money by doing all the repairs by myself. All you need is youtube, a repair manual, and patience."
Pros: "Great car, reliability is beyond excellent, etc..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
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