Looks fantastic, has decent performance
There have been three things that have gone wrong with the car, the catalytic convertor has worn out, which was quite expensive to replace at £400.
The car has now developed a slight rattle coming from the exhaust system, so I need to get that looked at.
There used to be a squeal comeing from the power steering whenever full lock left or right was applied. But it was only the belt slipping which is fine now after being replaced.
Unfortunately some vandal has scratched both the drivers and the passenger doors. I have tried polishing them out with a scratch remover and then tried masking them with a colour polish, but they are too deep. So I will have to get them either touched up or re-sprayed at a garage.
I am impressed by the cars handling and cornering ability, it feels very stable and grips quite well. But it does feel heavy and big especially on narrow twisty roads, that's probably because I was used to a much smaller and nimbler Peugeot 205 Gti.
It never feels slow, but you couldn't really say it was amazingly fast. It could do with a lot more power and torque, especially at lower revs. But once you get over 4000 revs it pulls very well and feels quite fast.
Build quality is fantastic, inside and out. everything about the car feels solid, which makes it feel safe and is a pleasure to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th June, 2002