Good looks coupled with great performance and handling
There have been only two problems with this car. The indicator switch was faulty from the start and was replaced at the 1500klm service. The other worry was the well known noisy rear brake syndrome which I was told (by the sales person) had been cured! The rear brakes were very noisy, especially when reversing. The problem is a badly designed rear caliper which allows the pads to drag slightly which seems to make the rotor resonate; very disturbing when in a crowded car park. Holden have since fitted a kit to the caliper which seems to have fixed the problem.
The car runs far better than a 1.8 should. It is well suited to city driving and the auto transmission works smoothly and reliably.
The suspension is the best of any small car that I have driven. It is firm, but at the same time smooths out bumps with ease. Handling is brilliant and the suspension works well under brakes.
The cruise control works well on flatter roads, but is not really suited to high speed cruising in hilly areas as it tends to make the auto select lower gears than may be necessary.
The body is very rigid and strong which gives the car a sure footed feel on the road. It is also a great looking thing as well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2002