Dash lights mostly blown... twice.
Dashboard fitting drop out. screws seems to undo themselves.
Central locking and alarm came alive on the move - immobilizer came on and doors all locked, with alarm going off - in the middle of town. Had to be rescued. Bypassed so now manual locking only.
Brakes and discs wear out rapidly.
Front tyres wear out very fast.
Engine blew after driving through a puddle - low slung air filter box was not sealed. Managed to drive home on 2 cylinders and a big hole in the engine block. Reconditioned engine needed.
Rear suspension bushes and mounts worn and replacements creaky. Front suspension strut bent and bushes worn needing replacement.
Excellent car! despite rattles and noise, and very poor build quality, it is fast for a diesel (enough to upset some hot petrol hatches) corners like a go-kart and still makes me smile. I nearly replaced it several times, but test driving other (faster, newer, better) cars was dull as ditch water.
I'll replace it when it has fallen to bits (which it has been doing since I got it)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th February, 2004