90% of people slated this car when I got it. Since they've been for a ride they love it! Nuff said!
Water Pump sprang a leak.
Upper engine mount snapped in half twice. Adjusted design and is now fine.
3rd gear syncro is on its way out (wear and tear really)
I love this car. I've only owned it for 2weeks, but I can't see myself getting rid of it! The mileage above was covered in just one week! Aimlessly!
It is something different, something fast to surprise your average Merc, BMW or even the mighty mundano!! The engine is awesome, as is the noise!
Supremely comfortable, loaded with gadgets and most still work! Build quality is patchy, but expected of an old French car.
Handling is good. Leans a bit more than the average sporty saloon/hatch because of the hydraulic suspension. But it leans to a point, then is fine. Grip in dry is superb, but hairy in wet (possibly tyres?) Car is very easy to position, and corners can be taking swiftly and with good control as suspension virtually eliminates bump-steer, with a slightly tail happy lift off oversteer vibe going on!!
Brakes are mind blowing. ABS works well, if not cutting in slightly too early.
The body can look tatty if not looked after, and the car does need to be loved. Ignore it and it'll ignore you when you tell it to do something, like start for example!
I will endeavor to keep this car on the road. It is full of character, and is different! Most people will look and either laugh, ponder or totally ignore it! At least it gauges a reaction in a boring world of lookalikes! You do get the odd occasion where someone has owned one, been in one and comes to ask you if you'll blast him around the block to reminisce!
If people weren't afraid of something different, we'd all have moved on a hell of lot by now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2004