really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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problem #2

Jul 102002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While at dealership for other repairs mechanic noticed extreme heat from turbo charger caused damage to intake manifold. Unit had to be replaced.

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #1

Jan 012001


  • miles
Catalytic converter replaced early on in ownership. Water pump, oil pump, timing belt replaced two months ago. Turbo replaced twice and still defective. Electrical problems with driver's side window, heated seat, trunk light. Suspension system bushings need replacement @ only 56,000 miles. Steering column replaced early on.

- Sussex, NJ, USA