Great little car, with a hate of the UK winter
Cold starting issues.
Interior is fragile.
This little car served me well, all said and done. The alternator failed in the summer I bought her as my first car. It was scrap yard fix, so cost next to nothing.
For the whole summer she ran perfectly. Didn't even need to use the choke in the mornings; if I did, she wouldn't start.
The driving experience was entertaining. Handling first off was soft and a bit bouncy, thought the shocks needed replacing, but they were fine. Everything inside worked as it should, although it had a feel that it wouldn't for long... although nothing inside ever broke. The tailgate seal leaked no matter what I did.
When the weather started to become less favourable, she then started having a strop on the mornings. Full choke and a fair bit of coughing and spluttering. You couldn't leave her running and de-frost without her cutting out at least twice. So I found a way of balancing the choke and getting her to behave, and she normally did, and apart from coughing up the road for a mile or two, once warmed up she was fine. Good job too, because it's hilly here, and she hated hills when cold.
Never let me down, despite all the protests in the mornings.
Gertrude was a great car, and I'd have another one just like her.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th May, 2011