really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #1

Jul 092001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After approximately 15 minutes of driving a fire erupted from under the hood, no indicator lights displayed and no odor of raw fuel was apparent. Power to the vehicle ultimatley failed as well as the brakes. Wife able to stop the vehicle using the emergency brakes. Within minutes the motor and accouterments were charred to a crisp. The vehicle was totaled.

- Hamburg, NJ, USA