Fun, but very poor so do not buy one, get a new Volkswagen Golf GTi
Heat shield needed spot welding back on twice. The interior sensor is faulty and needs to be disarmed before locking. This cannot be fixed apparently. The head gasket blew at 60,000 and the clutch went at the same time. Rear brake pads and disks needed to be replaced 6 months after its service. Knocking noise from the front which cannot be remedied according to the dealer. Belt tension within the engine needed to be sorted as it was rattling. Water leaking into the car through the interior light, via the aerial. Tracking and alignment needed to be sorted. New exhaust was required at MOT.
This car is fun to drive and will match most off the lights!
Handles OK, but not as good as most say.
Uncomfortable if you are 6ft or over.
Can be made to look awesome and still looks great unmodified.
Very high insurance on my VTS so go for the VTR if you have too.
Invest in a good sound system including new speakers etc.
If you are determined to get one, please get it from a dealer!
If I sound like I hate the car, I don't! I just wish it was as reliable as it is fun and wish the bodywork was not paper thin. I am only telling the truth so do not be fooled, listen to an expert!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th July, 2003