Great workhorse, but pretty thirsty with the V6
The car is very reliable. It uses a little bit of oil on a long run, but that's supposed to be normal.
One tail light assembly failed, but was cheaply replaced.
This is really a very good car. It has very good performance for such a heavy machine (1.8 tonnes), although it drinks a fair bit of petrol. Generally on a highway run we get 11L/100 km and in town or towing 15-17L/100 km.
It feels very robust, but there are some issues with the build quality, more specifically with the front bumper being not uniformly attached (it droops a little on one side). There are also some rattles in the dashboard, but nothing as bad as our previous VW Golf.
All in all, a good tool, but if fuel consumption is high on your priorities, look at the more recent (since MY2002) 3.0 L TD, since the 2.8 is often regarded as gutless (especially as a 4WD).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th January, 2005