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The most fun you can have with a car with an average price (now) of 3,000 by Taggs from Texas on 08/12/2012.
Pros: Parts are still readily available, and you cannot find better support aftermarket with any other vehicle out there. Have a problem? The internet is loaded with forums about THIS SPECIFIC VEHICLE that will help you out with good sound advice, and numerous parts stores where you can buy OEM or better quality, aftermarket parts. From body panels, to engine components. Its 1.6l engine is so common that finding a replacement engine is also quite easy, and usually cheeper than rebuilding a broken one. If the engine is cared for, its bottom end will last forever, with the top end only needing a rebuild every 200k or so.
Cons: Its a little cramped for a tall person to get into if you don't know how. Once you know how, getting in is easy. The passenger leg room is cut into by about 2.5 inches for the ECU, and because of its age, buying a used one will usually mean playing catch up with its major service intervals. And insurance companies will salivate to total the car for even the slightest accident. .. even if you can do the repair for less than a hundred bucks. Simply because of age.
Overall review: A very worthy car, with alot of aftermarket potential, support, and a strong community of enthusiests. Reliable, fun, good to drive, Good-not-great-on gas, and with just a little money thrown at it, can put enough power to the pavement that 60% of drivers won't be able to handle it. Done right, this car makes an excelent first car, or second car, or even just a fun car. its inexpensive to own, a pleasure to own, and its looks are good enough that it still turns heads when people see it.
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