The engine mounts failed at 36,000 miles, common problem, but I didn't realise it would happen that soon! Fortunately, covered under warranty.
Fuse box melt down caused all electrics to fail after 35,000 miles. Also covered under warranty.
Steering made clonking noise when on full lock, dealer fixed this by adjusting the cups on the front strut mounts, again covered by warranty.
Clutch went at 32,000 miles, cost £200 to replace.
Standard stereo doesn't like to play CD's when it's cold.
Despite all these problems this car is great! It's the most fun car I have owned.
It has superb handling and you often take corners slower than the car is capable of.
Performance is good too, 0-60 in just over 9 seconds, though the engine does start to get a bit breathless above 70.
If you enjoy driving, this car will not disappoint. It looks the part and has great responses, the drive is very involving and rewarding.
The steering keeps you on your toes and once you get used to the lift off over-steer you can have so much fun.
The gear change is crisp and allows you to make full use of the car's capabilities while accelerating through the gears.
The only let down with the drive is the brakes, it would be better if they were more forceful, though I don't think they are as bad as other people suggest.
Overall though an absolutely great car, I would recommend it to anyone. I'm selling mine this week, but only to upgrade to a VTS.
Don't knock it until you've tried it.
24th Mar 2006, 07:56
If you drive it hard it will fall to bits, trust me. I had one.