A no nonsense performer that's built to last
Nothing special to be mentioned other than the usual suspects (tires, brake shoes etc.).
It can keep up very well with most of the newer TD (c) i engines. I regularly frustrate Golf TDI and even smaller BMW 3 series owners with my unsuspected accelerations.
In spite of this performance, it's a very economical car to drive. My estimate is it uses just under 6 liters of diesel per 100 km.
I had two collisions, one with a Fiat Stilo - my mistake. I needed a new bumper, the Fiat had to be towed. Later with an Alfa Romeo 155 (his mistake). I think his car had more damage than mine. Anyway - my point: not only could the looks be mistaken for a tank, it's built like one too!
The styling's a bit primitive and there's no electronic comfort devices, but those usually break down the first anyway.
I will keep this car as long as it will run, which could so it seems be next to forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th August, 2004