Brilliant driveability, high fun factor
Brakes rusted due to long stand still.
Variomatic Continuously Variable Transmission gave some vibrations.
Side window doesn't open anymore.
Some corrosion, although one cannot blame a 29 year old car for this.
Head gasket blew after 100.000 km and 25 years.
Leaking water pump.
Variomatic transmission (CVT) gives brilliant drivability and comfort, even though horsepower is limited, and the CVT gives you unexpected fast acceleration.
Due to trans axle construction, good road behavior, even though the damping is slightly too soft.
Has an image of being a car for elderly and disabled, until you start pulling the drive belts by full throttle, causing a surprised look on the face of the GTI driver next to you. It's even funnier when you build in a 1.4 liter engine or a Gordini tuned engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th June, 2003