Fast, comfortable, cheap and wonderful
Ignition leads, normal for its age.
Hatch badly rusted.
Constant idling problems.
Really enjoyed owning this car, it was comfortable and very quick.
It had the original 1.6 injected motor, which was surprisingly economic, it returned around 32mpg on a regular basis.
The steering was heavy and clutch was difficult in stop start traffic, but was amazing to drive on open country roads.
Was very reliable in all the time I owned it. I used it mainly to commute to work, which was a 120km round trip.
Very comfortable seats, and large boot once the seats were folded down. While playing bass guitar in a band, I managed to fit in 2 large speaker cabinets, 1200W amplifier, bass guitar, a few drums and part of our P.A. in the back and passenger seat.
The plastic used on the interior was of pretty poor quality, and rattled and squeaked.
The only thing that I really disliked about the car was its inability to idle properly; some mornings it would start and idle at 1500rpm, after a drive at 2000rpm, after another drive 500rpm, and sometimes even stall at traffic lights. I replaced the air flow meter and cleaned all the intake, but it never really improved.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th February, 2010