One rear wheel bearing failed at 9000 km
Clutch failed at 9000 km due to oil leak (warranty repair).
Catalytic converter heat-shield loosen at 9000 km, making a rattling noise at idle.
AC compressor bearing failed at 9500 km, the whole compressor replaced (warranty repair)
Note: The compressor worked fine, it was just a small noise - it would probably have worked for a couple of years more. But the dealer replaced it anyway =)
Very nice engine! No problem to drive at high gears at slow speed. Very quick when pressing high RPM:s =)
Good looking car, very nice interior!!
Nice handling windy roads (if it is good), very fun to drive!
Fuel consumption is no big issue if it is driven moderate, but it sure is when driven hard! I normally get away with about 8,5l/100km...
Pretty stiff suspension, is a little "bumpy" on bad roads (I have 17" wheels and 225/45 tires, I suppose it would be much more comfortable if I had had 15" or 16" wheels...). It can also be a bit instable on bad roads, it may be time to replace the shock absorber...
Not very quiet, pretty much noice from the tires.
Not the cheapest car to own, assurance and service are pretty expensive - but I don't think it's more expensive compared to other cars with the same performance and qualites!
"Vandal magnet" - got it scratched once!
Don't by this car if your highest priority is comfort (or economy) - by it if you like to drive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2002