"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."
"Excellent little car. The engine on my '96 was still made in Japan. That may be probably why is being a superb automobile in terms of quality and performance. I have had absolutely no troubles whatsoever with the engine. Some minor mechanical details but after 10 years!!!"