Smooth Italian racer
But the variator of the valves is beginning to make a diesel sound, so it is going to go out. To replace this piece, you have to change your cam belt and tensioner etc, so heavy cost.
I drove one time with a frozen handbrake, which led to the changing of the rear brakes.
Recaro alcantara seats are great, but wear fast.
The engine is very smooth, and gives a lot of low end torque for a 1.8.
When you want, you can rev it higher, then the VVT starts working and it will go fast.
Not a super GTI performer; 130hp for 1200kg, but you won't be beaten either by snails.
Recaro interior/seats are great.
Dash has a lot of gauges; oil temp etc.
Paint is still great, even my red one.
Brakes are good.
I have lowered it 3cm Eibach.
MS Design Evo 500 body kit.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th May, 2005