Like on a magic carpet...
Head gasket blew after 20'000 due to thermostat and/or water pump failure
New valve lifters
Bushings and kindred spares had to be replaced in the "gear lever" controls
Foot operated parking brake cable had to be replaced
Minor repair to the electric equipment of the driver's door
Air conditioning computer had to be replaced
Ignition computer had to be replaced as well as several electronic probes + ignition cables to plugs
Hydraulic jacks of the boot replaced
New front brake rotors + pads
Minor repairs to electrical circuitry (headlamps)
New wheel cap (1 piece)
Diode replacement on the alternator
Lock replacement of the glove box
Excellent previously owned car the purchase of which cost me $ 6000 back in 1997
I drove it all around Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Switzerland) without major troubles. Never let me down on the roadside !
I kept a speed of 75 miles per hour on freeways.
I did 18 miles per gallon (average) or less
Its one of the most comfortable cars in the world.
Highly appreciated by very old passengers (and myself, the sole driver): very very quiet, very soft and smooth running as if you were on a magic carpet...
A real danger to mention: it's so comfortable that you forget you are driving a very heavy car and you may feel drowsy after a few hours driving on the highway, whatever music you may be listening to.
Highly conspicuous vehicle and not recommended if you intend to rob the next downtown bank...
Not very popular with (underpaid) French customs officers at the border who still consider it, wrongly, as a status symbol and can get fussy.
One regret: I wish I could have bought it in 1980 when it was brand new !
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th May, 2002