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I get very good gas mileage. The only thing I don't like about my car - or the thing I dislike most is the fact that I have to take it to a mechanic to have the transmission fluid checked - there's no dip-stick in the engine which I find very annoying.
Totally Un - impressive
Pros: None tremendously disliked this car . Its worse than a stock auto.
Cons: the fact that I own it and its my only car.This auto has a no tech package and came with a key entry system,its a uncomfortable ride, I stand only at 5'2 and it has no head room , many times I hit my head getting into this car is so stressful to drive seat is uncomfortable on a long ride it makes me tired has no cruise control its boxey in its handling on turns,has no pick up so it can not change lanes effectively or merge onto interstate traffic it won't ecelerate unless you floor it hard. other driver's frequently harass you that are behind you since they can't comprehend why your not moving.This car may be usefull to a new driver or a driver that only use's it for short neighborhood errands.
Very dependable car that gets great gas mileage. Take care of routine maintenance and this car will take care of you.
Pros: Sporty look, roomy back seat.
Cons: see aboveThe secret is the gas cap never fits very well so your engine light comes on and stays on costly mistake thinking the Catalatic converter was bad, anyway to fix it 'NOPE' ,the lumbar support broke the first week we owned the car. Wheels/rims have to be replaces often then bend easily. Several recalls. And bumpers are easly damaged backing up into something. Over all the cost of this car you get what you pay for it, actually has more power then you read about, gas mileage is also better. Mine is almost paid for will be good for another five years then I will go back to a American Truck that by then may get better gas mileage. Also be fore you ship a car to another state make sure this car was sold there, and can be serviced there, this model was never sold in Hawaii, and is serviced by a Toyota dealership garage.
Pros: volume on the steering wheel
Cons: the way it drove in rain and snow and the way the horn was situated
Advice: Keep looking around--don't let the appearance fool youI loved this car in the summer, but where I'm from, the winters are brutal and I need a car with good traction when the snow would stick. The Forenza was my worst nightmare, and it spun out from behind me many times, even when I was going very slow. Great for zipping around town if you live somewhere sunny all year long, but if you expect weather like rain and snow at all, I would not recommend this car. Traded it in for the Subaru Impreza.
Pros: spacious back seat
Cons: no sunroof
Advice: only get it if you fall completely in love with it the first time you look at it, not drive itthe test drive was great but after the car was purchased it started falling apart little by little
Pros: Wagon convenience, sedan ride
Cons: 'Loose tooth' shifter knob
Advice: Buy the wagon, get small SUV convenience for half the priceFew true small wagons (not hatchbacks) remain in the market, so I went to test drive one. For the price it is an extremely good deal. People will pay twice as much for a wagon on stilts - a car-based SUV. The car rode well, but the variable steering took a little getting used to. The engine had more kick than I had expected, and the wagon didn't appear any less powerful than the Reno that shares the same engine. For the ultimate bang for your buck, the wagon makes more sense than the sedan or Reno hatch. Too bad people can't see past the stigma. The new model has OBDII as of 2006, so diagnosing any problems will be much easier than it was for 2005 Forenza owners. I've got mine on order.