Simple, well-engineered car. Prone to rust
Driven by a middle-aged woman through salt until acquired by an underwriter. Horizontal rear stabilizers rusted in half bilaterally. Couldn't notice stability reduced by much. 6x4 cm hole in the left channel beneath the rear edge of front door, also due to rust. The undercarriage looked a bit cancer-eaten. It was pitted from corrosion, seemingly with a greenish tint.
The right CV-boot was split, CV-joint making noises accordingly. Replaced the stabilizers, re-greased and patched the CV-boot, oil-sprayed the underside, oiled the insides of the channels. Running fine.
Car weighs close to a metric ton, somewhat reduced by rust-loss. It sits low, responds well. Makes an audible noise, telling you how it's doing. It seems to be made by smart people, with its many practical tweaks, however, with little supply of salt-resistant material to build from. Everything on the car is quite thin. I guess it would fold up nicely on impact.
The mileage is quite good. Apart from corrosive problems and poor crash-test results, the car seems trustworthy. It's a nice car. Easy fixing and cheap parts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2011