Very economical, reliable and comfortable
Bad squeak from water pump - replaced with reconditioned unit.
Bent left drive shaft - replaced with re-manufactured item.
Front discs & pads replaced.
Cam belts replaced at 90,000km.
Oil & filter changed every 10,000km.
Car manufactured about 1995 to export specifications & sent to Malaysia, but after prolonged storage shipped to New Zealand (1998) and sold as new (at a very good price). Subsequently brought to the UK in 2000.
Always serviced by myself or independent garage (for the 3 more major repairs).
Very comfortable and of reasonable power even for New Zealand's more rugged terrain.
Extremely reliable and never given any roadside trouble, especially considering the highish mileage, and minimal service work done. (First set of plugs not replaced until 140,000km.
Excellent sound system.
Total servicing charges only £580 in 7 years.
Still on second set of tyres (but front ones will need changing again soon). The last set were 'economy' grade and have lasted much better than the original Michelin's.
Still getting around 7L/100km (or about 40MPG)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th October, 2005