The greatest hot hatch of all time!!
Lots of small electrical problems, lights that didn't work, faulty switches, etc.
Most problems fixed by replacing with new parts.
Stopped dead twice. Trouble traced to faulty ignition (again electrical) part.
Poor interior plastics. Several rattles that could not be traced and fixed.
Still attracts young vandals when parked in town, front door kicked in and mirror smashed.
Poor image. Most people don't understand why it's considered a classic.
Fantastic performance car. Handles like no other.
Probably the greatest hot hatch of all time. There will never be another like it.
My later model (with ABS and power steering) was easier to live with, but lost some of the raw edge. Had a much better (more precise feel) gearbox though.
Superb dark green metallic colour with original alloys. Green and black leather/fabric interior was more tasteful than original red interiors.
Well equipped, pity about the unreliable electrics.
But the sheer joy of driving the thing on twisty, winding secondary roads was worth all the troubles and sneers from badge snobs!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th May, 2004