Reliable, trusty friend
Electric windows are slow and get stuck sometimes; driver's side doesn't really open past an inch.
Boot does not always stay up when open.
Clutch pedal once broke off, but was welded back on and is still going strong 4 years later.
Firstly this is the most reliable car I have ever owned in my life. It's also the longest amount of time I have owned a single car.
It has caused guys to laugh at times and say 'it's very you' or 'what is it?' and girls to coo at it, but it's like my best friend. I have the blue model and still love the colour to this day. I am loathe to replace this car as I've never owned such a reliable car.
In the years I've owned it, I've replaced the tyres, one set of windscreen wipers, one exhaust back box (I live where there are a lot of speed bumps), brake pads and discs, and coil springs. All due to wear and tear; the coil springs being the last thing on an M.O.T. That's not bad in 7 years of ownership!
Thanks to the price of petrol, I get around 50 miles to £10 of fuel these days, that's my only gripe. That and the road tax as it's a 1.6 and cost me around £135 for 6 months.
It's not the fastest car in the world, but I have easily got it to 90mph with a tail wind LOL, and she can hold her own in the fast lane if necessary. It's not as tight to drive as a newer car anymore, but I can't help but love this car. I know exactly what she can and can't do, and it suits me fine.
Amazing sound from speakers in such a small space; drowns out any engine noise at speed no problem. Great visibility and driving position, and so much fun with the roof off in summer. In winter I'm the only one with no problems in the snow thanks to the 4x4 mode. The heater is great too.
I love that everyone knows it's me when they see me out and about, as you don't see many of these cars.
I do toy with the idea of upgrading to a newer car sometimes, but I'm scared to in case it's not as reliable. And the fact I would miss her so much. I think I'd cry if I ever saw her driven away. She's my baby for sure. Best car I've ever had. Not a sports car, not a fast car, not a posh car, not stylish even to some... but it's a car that loves you back :).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th August, 2013