Thriller for under a K!
How long have I got?
There was a rattle on the front nearside door. I later found out that rattles are what the GT is all about.
The brakes were shocking..... I nearly crashed driving it away from the garage. They needed replacing straight away.... which was NOT cheap! The drums needed doing as well. The grinding noise was traced to a wheel-bearing that was repaired with a second-hand part, which saved me about £160.
The electrics are ALWAYS playing up... but I find that a quirk of the car!
And there are a multitude of niggles and knocks.... rusting around the filler-cap being an annoyance... flimsy doorlocks are another... BUT overall, I love the car. It's the best thing to come out of France since Brigite Bardot.... apart from their football team of the last two years, of course!
The GT is an honest little car. It was designed with weight saving techniques, and that is why the car is as robust as Kate Moss!
But, it's that same reason why the car is a rocket.... I used to have a Pug 205 GTi 1.6, and the AX feels quicker..... although it doesn't handle as well.... but for a skinny-tired little aluminium boneshaker, it goes very, very well indeed!
I am hoping to trade mine in ASAP and get the GT2 or the GTi..... with a lowered, Koni sprung chassis... some fatter,wider rubber..... and a K&N.... and a good exhaust...... and then we'll see if it can corner like the Pug!
Until then, I'll happily make do with booting it into a corner, and holding on till the exit!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2000