Engine mounts seem to go every 12 months.
Coil for the turbo went after 100,000 km.
Thermostat needed to be replaced.
Power steering master cylinder leaked onto alternator and took it out. Both had to be replaced.
Harmonic balancer wore out. I didn't even know they had to ever be replaced.
Muffler is in three sections. Sections two and three tend to rust if you don't drive the car lots. We couldn't drive the car lots - it wasn't reliable enough to clock up big mileage.
Air conditioning pump seized. Engine needed to be taken out for this to be fixed.
Electronic turbo boost control was designed wrong. Replaced with older designed mechanical boost control. Worked fine ever since.
Rear brake calipers started to leak. Needed both rear brakes to be overhauled.
Coolant from the auto transmission was leaking into the main cooling jacket contaminating the coolant. We were very lucky that no coolant entered the gearbox. It would have had to have been replaced. In the 9000, the coolant for the engine also cools the auto gearbox. The gearbox also has a separate oil cooler.
Electric aerial broke (twice).
Central locking doesn't work.
Alarm doesn't work properly.
Drivers side electric window doesn't work.
Interior trim is falling apart.
Shock absorbers need to be replaced.
The most comfortable car I have ever driven. More comfortable than the Mercedes.
This car is a money pit. There is always something going wrong. My car has been in a couple of big accidents, but even my friends with cars with perfect history have the same problem's.
It is hard to find mechanics to fix these cars. In Melbourne there are only two non-factory specialists. The service we received from the dealership was very disappointing. I had to take the car back many times to get things fixed.
The electronics in this car are seriously complex. There are over 50 fuses!
Parts are not too expensive. Labor costs are horrendous. Almost everything seems to require the engine being removed.
I love the fact it is a 5 door lift back. It is very practical. I wish more car makers would make big cars like this.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th May, 2004