Practical, reliable family transport
Camshaft timing belt at 75,000 miles.
Camshaft tensioner bearings at 125,000 miles.
Replacement alternator at 130,000 miles.
New battery when the car wouldn't start after being parked up for three months.
Replacement power assisted steering pump at 135,000 miles. This fault was between services.
Driver's seat starting to collapse.
I want to emphasise that the car has done 150,000 miles and hasn't broken down once.
Obviously parts have worn out and had to be replaced at the yearly service interval, for example the alternator, the power steering pump, the cam belt and two tensioners.
Gearbox, clutch and engine are all original.
Tyres last in excess of 45,000 miles.
Servicing has been on time and parts have been replaced when advised. All servicing has been by a local independent garage, not the main dealer.
The high mileage is due to repeated trips to Spain, France and Switzerland over the past ten years, so mostly 'motorway miles'.
The car is to be passed onto another member of the family for local runs, as we don't want to push our luck with another long distance trip!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd December, 2012