Trumpetmaster wrote:How do you like it?
It's a nice car, although I got rid of a 92 GMC Jimmy 4X4 (which was losing its ability to get my wife home from work), which was a more robust vehicle. It has very good mileage, but the tradeoff is that it's gutless. But it has many spiffy bells and whistles like heated seats and that cool little heater for the windshield wipers, as well as a moonroof and one of those little button thingys on the key chain that locks and unlocks the doors. But figuring out the alarm was a pain. Much of the body feels like it's plastic, which I haven't decided is good or bad.
I've added a little utility to it by adding a factory trailer hitch receiver and a flat roof rack. And a beethoven.com window sticker.
We took it on our vacation to Quebec and Niagara falls last October, and it drove fine, even on long hauls. But I won't be taking it off-road.
Probably my biggest beef in driving it is that the gear shift has Drive in between Neutral and Third, with no detents for Drive. The rest of the gears has the lever going through a labyrinth, but finding Drive by feel is done by hitting third and pushing it a bit forward. There is an indicator on the dash in the speedometer, but it's an alphanumeric display, so you have to read
the durn thing to tell. Glancing doesn't quite show you if it's in D or 3.
The engine and transmission are almost familiar looking to an old VW bug man like me. The engine is a horizontally opposed 4 banger, although it's in the front, water cooled and in an iron block, instead of the case and jugs the bug has. The transaxle looks quite familiar, even though it's an automagical, with a drive shaft coming out of the tail of it for the rear wheels ("symmetrical AWD," whatever that entails). I have some of the service manuals, but there are about six of them, so maybe I'll get more as time goes by.