1980 Chrysler Sunbeam Lotus 2.2
Fastest 2WD non turbo hatch ever; you check the numbers
Nothing has gone wrong with the car!
She has never let me down although I am my own mechanic, and so I keep a close eye on things.
Odometer didn't work when I bought the car so previous mileage unknown, but I've added about 15000 miles.
An awesome machine! Well, in the dry.
It's quite modified and processes fuel like you can't imagine (single figures are achievable), hence the low scores for comfort and running costs, but that isn't why you buy a Sunbeam Lotus.
The engine has a bad reputation for reliability, but when I used her daily she never let me down. The engine is perhaps more prone to neglect than others, hence the reputation.
Standard suspension is too soft (fit Bilsteins), and the car benefits from an LSD and lower profile tyres. A quick rack helps keep sideways moments (inevitable) enjoyable.
Performance is a strong point; no-one knows what it is, they just see a black blur as it goes by.
Mechanically it is the paragon of simplicity, and the only thing I don't like is the timing belt; give me a chain any day. Having said that, it's easy to replace.
Being in an owners club makes spares easier to find, and prices for anything except engine/gearbox are cheap.
The ultimate Sunbeam and I'll never sell her.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2005