Greatest car in the history of the world
Rear shocks on this model were prone to sag, and these had been replaced by previous owner (my Dad, who bought it at 120k), by Monroe items at 180k, as were new rings and valve seats installed at 140k.
Windscreen washer needed replacing (with a Toyota model) at 260,000km.
Window winder (plastic) broke at about 300k.
Fuel gauge stopped working at approx 420k.
Distance Odometer failed at 450k.
Drive shaft universals packed it in at 300k.
Rust, like you wouldn't believe, in the rear hatch door, and lower door skins. All repaired easily, at about 300,000km.
Replaced front upper steering toe-joints at 350k due to wear.
Overall, the defects were only caused by age, and distance.
Fantastic car to drive, and own.
Comfortable to ride in, and handled like it was glued to the road. Could drive for 6 or 8 hours easily, and get out still feeling as good as when you got in.
A bit heavy around town, with no power steering, and a clunky gearbox, but on the open road... magic!
Always driven at speeds above 130km/h (80mph), and never failed to return less than 40mpg! One old bloke I knew had the same model, and his was driven at 90km/h, returning 50, yes 50mpg!!!
Never used any oil, and was regularly serviced every 20,000km. Great little push-rod engine design meant no need for expensive cam-belt changes. Also, the sloping east-west engine design made the bonnet nice and low, and it was very aerodynamic, especially in a cross wind.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2006