Unmatched price/performance ratio
5th gear broke at 120.000 km.
Head gasket broke at 100.000 km.
This car is one of the most underrated ever for sure, and I remember myself always thinking like that BEFORE I had mine.
Just a few words on reliability: usually the only reason the head gasket can blow is heat; in my case the cooling fan broke and it went hot a few times, that's something you should not underestimate.
The only real weakness seems to be the 5th gear, the tappet wheel is worn off and the gear jumps out. This is something to replace with new parts, I bought a used gearbox, where the 5th gear broke also after 10.000kms.
I personally would want to have a "stronger" clutch, because when you try to accelerate without spinning wheels, 1) the clutch doesn't connect nicely and 2) it's ruined soon when you keep doing it.
I am not mechanic myself, so I had to try out many different one until I found one as enthusiastic as me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th August, 2001