The best car ever for those who are not averse to new makes!
This car has been exceptionally reliable.
Only minor faults have occurred, the most important of which was water leaking from the air conditioning unit in the cabin.
Unfortunately the plastic draining pipe was blocked due to dust after two years, so condensation water could not leave the system properly. I have also noticed that a screw at the bottom of the unit was also lose, therefore water could find its way towards the cabin.
To fix the screw and unblock the pipe was a child's play, not even a mechanic was needed, yet there was much more fuss about how to dry the carpet of the cabin...
Another fault, this time an infuriating electrical one occurred when I was driving at top speed and turned off the engine. Receiving no electric current the speed-meter failed to return anti-clockwise, but had fallen down clockwise towards top speed, to the bottom of the clock and remained there.
At the garage I was told that a new speedometer unit was needed (approximately £200). I have tried to mend it myself by moving the speed-meter back to its original position with my finger and it worked! Since than I have been very careful whenever I intend to turn off the engine during driving. Under 65mph it is safe... But never try it at 70 or above!
Yet apart from the above problems only a light bulb was changed in the dashboard.
The plastics in the cabin are prone to scratches which are quite unsightly when they occur.
The seats are big and comfortable and together with the suspension they make driving easy and enjoyable.
The cabin is spacious and has a nice design. The shades of gray make it friendly too.
The paints are durable and do not fade.
The engine is very powerful and quiet, the transmission is reliable.
The bodywork is stylish, one of the masterpieces of oval-style.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2002