Power, comfort but at a price of gas..
Things that were bad at time of purchase:
Driver side seat heating not working (too expensive to fix)
Cruise control occasionally disengages or won't engage.
Needed new steering stabilizer at 100 000 km, some bolts and joints for front axle plus gneral maintenance...
Purchased car from German owner who as nearly 90 years old. Very good shape except for few glitches and some rust marks on the front bonnet. Low mileage for 12 year old car, and genuine...
Great comfort as per size and softness, though on-road handling is generally very poor. Great off-road control and decent handling.
Had the car converted to LPG (auto gas, propane...) as it is 1/2 of petrol price (which means it costs about same as Petrol in US). Engine is powerful and smooth especially in low or mid rpm, but high RPMs are hard to use thanks to auto transmission shifting wildly then.
Fuel consumption is nightmare - 15-20 litres of petrol or 16-22 litres of LPG per 100 km (some 11-15 mpg). But that is what you pay for having this size, power and comfort at relatively low price.
I love the car despite some flaws. I actually prefer it in normal daily driving (not joyriding) to my Merc SLK 230.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st October, 2008