mine was used and abused. i mean i've NEVER seen a car that was so mishandled. on the other hand, i bought it for $500 and the first year i had it, i put about 50 bucks worth of maintenence into her, and she ran like a top. then a brake cal seized, i let her sit in the driveway for over a year, and now there's a ton of crap wrong. so yeah, if you take care of it, it'll be reliable, but hell hath no fury like a dub scorned.
Keep it well maintained and it should be fine. As far as mileage, get yourself the .75 5th and you can get around 30mpg. I have the 9a trans in mine (not too good for racing but it was free and I will be putting the 4k in soon
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