Rallye brute refined!
Water Pump was replaced at 65,000Kms
All the drive belts were replaced for preventive maintenance upon purchase at 60000kms.
Aside from that nothing else. The car is really reliable and cheap to run.
The car is an excellent driver. The chassis is really solid which proves that this car is designed for rallying. The parts are relatively cheap since there are a lot of Japanese replacement parts in the market that are as reliable as OEM.
Mine is fuel injected and you don't need to warm it up to run it. You can just start and drive slow so that you don't damage the engine before proper operating temperature is up. The airconditioning is not that cold as I would expect since I have a Mazda that has really strong AC. But the compressor of this car is durable and I only have it cleaned every year so that it's always in tip top shape.
The acceleration and torque is ample, but puts a smile on your face when driven at sporty speeds. It has frugal drinking habits starting at 8kms per liter at city and 11-13kms when I drive it at the expressways. This car is the most underated car in the market, but it will overtake Honda Civics and Corolla's with a good driver.
The ride is the only downside of the car. Because of its rallye breeding it has more than manageble road feedback on the steering and suspension. You will feel every small bump on the road so that you can judge if you can corner at 120kph. This is one of the few cars that have character. The cars that are being sold now don't have that. I wanted to part ways with this car, but I totally fell in love with it because of it's character and reliability.
Overall I rate it as 9 out of 10. Best value for money without sacrificing durability and reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st October, 2006