Economical, practical car with powerful engine
The dealer installed a fairly new gear box, engine (70 000km) and suspension. However, the dealer technician forgot to put oil onto the gear box. I drove 600km this way, untill the unhealthy noises made me worry and get the car checked up. Oil was put on, and it sounds OK now, but I guess the gear box is not as new anymore. Upon a second check up, it will be replaced if necessary.
Engine runs out of fuel right before the red zone on the indicator. Keep this in mind! I had to push my car for 30m only, but I was lucky.
Powerfull engine. Pulls well and uphill you will notice this car doesn't lack torque. The Turbo awakens a bit late, but when it does you can feel it. Because of the car's low weight it will be tough competition for quite some TD (C) I's of today.
The economy is excellent! It took me 54.5L to move this car for 1000km along city roads and highways.
The electric open roof is silent, even on highways. Obviously good designed.
Spacious, good lit trunk. Enough leg room for passengers. I like the mid-console. Plenty of space to store CD's, easy controls, and good positioning of the car stereo.
Noisy engine when cold and at higher revs (around 3000). For instance on the highway.
Sometimes difficult to get into the first gear. Inertness in first gear. You have to work that clutch.
Handling and suspension is adequate.
The seats are a bit too soft, besides the lower back support. It could have to do with the age, though. Also the interior rattles now and then.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th July, 2002