Indestructible engine, and an excellent car all round!
Ignition barrel fault - fixed immediately.
Warped brake discs @ 50K - common problem apparently.
Some very annoying squeaking from passenger door trim happening now, and won't go away.
The car was perfect when I got it, and the brake discs had just been changed, as they had warped, and this is apparently a common problem.
Clutch was replaced, but the local garage made a right mess of it, and it's never been right since with bad engagement and now a creaking coming from the clutch. However, this isn't a fault of the car, and it still ran great despite this!
Tappets needed adjusting as they are manual. Again, another local garage made a right mess of this, and it came back sounding like a diesel. Ended up getting my uncle to do it (old school mechanic), and it was perfect and quiet afterwards. Seems that today's mechanics don't know how to get the engine "on the rock".
Performance is poor until you hit the VTEC prime time at 4,500rpm and then it flies! Fuel economy is not very good unless you take it really easy. Hit the VTEC and you can watch the fuel gauge drop!
Cabin quality is very good, and feels expensive with soft-touch trims. None of that hard plastic crap.
Handling is excellent thanks to the great suspension! Stick a set of Yokohama tyres on and it's like being on rails! A little crashy round town, but an awesome motorway car, and very smooth and quiet.
Obviously this is now quite an old car, but it's gone through a hell of a lot with me, and I've red lined it on regular occasions - the engine is indestructible!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th November, 2010