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Economical car, great for the city by David, from Ottawa, Canada on 01/19/2010. Trim: 1999 Chevrolet Metro LSi sedan, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Good on gas (majorly in the city) // Roomy, passengers at the rear have sufficient space for a sub-compact // Vision, no dead angles, perfect view on the road // Maneuverable and easy to park // 4 Speakers (other car of the same class only have 2 speakers sometime) // A PERFECT winter beater. Even with cheap winter tires, you cannot get stuck anywhere with this car. // Reliable, no factory issues.
Cons: Acceleration, 10 more horsepower would have been great since the car lack the power to climb hills with ease // Lack of an overdrive on the AT transmission, which makes the engine revs high on highway and drink more gas than a 1.3L should(still economical) // Nighttime driving is DANGEROUS. A flashlight is more powerful than the headlamps. Buying high quality lights won't fix the issue... // Front seat Comfort is non-existent since the padding fails after a while (140k km). // Brakes are weak even when you change them // Suspension is not sufficient for four adults... Too soft. // Rubber around the windows will fail early (120 000km, even less), causing wind noise.
Overall review: Very good commuter, but I'd avoid going out of lighted areas are night. You don't see deers coming for you (nearly collided twice with them...). If you are searching for a cheap car to maintain, it will do a decent job (for the price paid to buy it), but parts do not have the longevity of a Toyota. Engine and transmission and extremely durable (so far, 150k km). At around 130k km you may have to replace quite a few pieces in the front (tight rods, tabs, etc) but once done, you'll be trouble free for quite a while. // // // Oh, if you have problem with the rear-def button, find and replace it with one from older models (the right button does not have a little red led on it). // // // So in short, perfect winter beater or city car. Avoid long trips if you want to save your back!
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