Reliable engine, bodywork less so
Seats have worn quite badly.
Rusts very easily around sills, 2 needed to be welded. More rust around wheel arches and bubbling on some panels.
The bonnet is very thin,and therefore many dents have been inflicted.
Other than usual wear and tear parts, the car has been extremely reliable, no serious engine problems whatsoever.
The engine is as simple as possible, but that means there is less to go wrong with it, and D-I-Y maintenance is very easy.
Despite being an old car, the ride feels extremely smooth. The seats, although worn, are very comfortable. The car is quite low profile, so it is very easy to get in and out of, and there is plenty of legroom up front.
Steering is direct and effortless thanks to power steering, which is impressive for a car of this age. Suspension is quite soft, but does not cause too much body roll.
Two design flaws however: some areas of the interior arches (especially at the rear) are curved in such a way that they collect a lot of dirt and mud, which leads to rusting in those areas. Also, there is a removable panel directly underneath the radio cassette, meaning one can simply take this off to gain direct access to the back of the unit therefore making it easy for thieves.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th August, 2004