A slow, thirsty car with weak gearbox
Alternator failed although it had been replaced 14000 miles before.
Reconditioned auto gearbox failed and car had to be scrapped. It had only covered 20000 with the reconditioned unit.
Previous owner had spent a fortune on repairing this car including a £1270 automatic gearbox + torque converter reconditioning. When purchased it run superb in terms of comfort and handling. However, this auto version is a very slow car to the extent that you think you are driving a 1.6 or even a 1.4 car, not a 2.0ltr.
Overtaking was always tricky business since it took for ever to pick up speed and you had to have a lot of road in order to overtake safely. To add to that the consumption was excessive, around 20mpg overall I believe.
At cruising speed was very comfortable though with all the toys (electric windows, heated mirrors, electric sunroof, cruise control etc.).
Overall I would say that this car has a weak point and this is the auto gearbox. Many of them get scrapped because of that reason since it is uneconomical to repair.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2006